MCTI announces 2013 institute open sessions

Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute logoNIU’s Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute, organized by the Committee on Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and sponsored by the Provost’s Office, will be held from from Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Twenty-one members of NIU’s instructional faculty will participate. Each participant will revise the syllabus for an existing or new course, incorporating material related to diversity, such as race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, changing student demographics, and students with special needs.

Plenary speaker Mathew L. Ouellett is associate provost and director of the Office of Teaching and Learning at Wayne State University.

Mathew L. Ouellett

Mathew L. Ouellett

Ouellett has published a number of articles and book chapters on topics related to inclusive teaching and multicultural education. The others speakers at the institute will include NIU faculty, staff and students, who will address a range of diversity issues.

A reception in honor of Ouellett will be held at the University Suite in the Holmes Student Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 13. Ouellett will present the following day, May 14, in the Heritage Room of the HSC. His presentation sessions from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. are open to everyone.

Other open sessions include the following panels:

Monday, May 13

  • 10:45 a.m. to noon. Student Issues, Katrina Caldwell

Tuesday, May 14

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Plenary Workshop, Mathew Ouellett
  • 10:45 a.m. to noon. Workshop Continued
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Workshop Continued

Wednesday, May 15

  • 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Video: “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity” (Producer/Director: Shakti Butler, 2012)
    • Discussion of the video is limited to institute participants only.
  • 10:45 a.m. to noon. Race & Ethnicity (Latinos), Simón Weffer
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Race & Ethnicity, Natalie Joy and Joseph Flynn

Thursday, May 16

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Gender, Amanda Littauer and Rhiannon Catherwood
  • 10:45 a.m. to noon. Sexuality, Robert Brookey and Wendy Bostwick

Friday, May 17

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Disabilities; Deb Gough, Gaylen Kapperman and Randall Ward
  • 10:45 a.m. to noon. Social Class (Economic Inequalities), Beatrix Hoffman

Launched in 1994, the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute has provided faculty with ideas and scholarly resources to make their courses more inclusive of people traditionally under-represented in the curriculum. Participants attend a series of workshops led by NIU faculty, and discuss how to integrate diversity into their course content and pedagogy.

For more information, contact MCTI graduate assistant Kayla Schnacky at (815) 753-8557 or by email at mcti@niu.edu.

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