Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute seeks participants for 2011 session

Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute logoNIU’s annual Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute, hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Committee on Multicultural Curriculum Transformation, will take place May 16 to May 20 next spring at the Holmes Student Center.

Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, instructors and supportive professional staff are invited to participate in the institute, which assists participants in incorporating multicultural perspectives and content into their courses, improving communication with students, and preparing alumni to participate in a diverse workplace and society.

Qualified faculty and instructional staff interested in participating in the institute are encouraged to apply for Multicultural Curriculum Transformation stipends.

Individuals selected will receive a $1,000 stipend to support transforming existing courses or developing new classes that address multiculturalism. Faculty and staff on 12-month contracts can participate in the institute but are not eligible for the stipend. The deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 3.

Information about applications for the institute is available online. Applications should be submitted electronically to mcti@niu.edu.

The institute features plenary sessions by prominent specialists, focused thematic discussions by NIU faculty and students, syllabi critiques, video presentations and small-group discussions. The sessions in the institute focus on topics such as race, gender, social class, disabilities and sexual orientation. Plenary sessions and some panels are open to the public; small-group sessions are restricted to participants.

Approximately 250 individuals have participated in the institute since its inception, and they have benefited from opportunities to learn about multicultural issues, share experiences and ideas and establish lasting professional relationships.

Participants have made a significant impact on NIU’s programs at all levels across all colleges.

For more information, contact MCTI graduate assistant Rachel Stade at (815) 753-8557 or via e-mail at mcti@niu.edu.

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