Institute to promote multicultural curriculum

Twenty-four NIU faculty members will spend part of their summer transforming their classes to make them more inclusive of race, class, gender and other forms of diversity.

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The Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute, to be held from May 16 to May 20, is designed to assist faculty, instructors and Supportive Professional Staff in revising or developing courses so they reflect multicultural perspectives and experiences.

The keynote speaker will be Maurianne Adams, professor emerita in the Social Justice Education program of the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Adams is well known for her passionate commitment to social inclusion. She is co-editor of “Teaching for Diversity in Social Justice,” “Readings for Diversity and Social Justice” and “Strangers and Neighbors: Relations Between Blacks and Jews in the United States.”

She is also editor of the journal Equity and Excellence in Education, and she has spoken at major conferences across the nation, including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.

A reception in her honor will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. Adams will be presenting on the following day, May 17. A schedule of open institute sessions will be available online in April.

The 2011 Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute participants will be honored at the institute’s reception as well.

This year’s cohort includes:

  • Sally Arnett (Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences)
  • Pat Braun (Nursing and Health Studies)
  • Suzanne Coffield (English)
  • Lori Czerwionka (Foreign Languages and Literatures)
  • Reva Freedman (Computer Science)
  • Melissa Gilson (Teaching and Learning)
  • Todd Gilson (Kinesiology and Physical Education)
  • Joanne Haeffele (Nursing and Health Studies)
  • Karen Haley (Counseling, Adult and Higher Education)
  • Arlene Keddie (Nursing and Health Studies)
  • Lichuan Liu (Electrical Engineering)
  • Mary Lombardo (Teaching and Learning)
  • Thomas McCann (English)
  • William McCoy (BELIEF Initiative, College of Business)
  • Doris Macdonald (English)
  • Kathryn Maley (History)
  • Ismael Montana (History)
  • Shanthi Muthuswamy (Technology)
  • Orayb Najjar (Communication)
  • Carol Patitu (Counseling, Adult and Higher Education)
  • LanHui Ryder (Foreign Languages and Literatures)
  • Brian Sandberg (History)
  • Alicia Shatteman (Public Administration)
  • Patricia Tattersall (Allied Health and Communicative Disorders)

The new institute participants will join almost 200 others who have received grants since the institute began in 1994. The participants also will hold fall 2011 workshops based on their curriculum transformation projects.

For additional information, contact Amy Levin, chair of the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Committee, at (815) 753-1038 or alevin@niu.edu; or Rachel Stade, Task Force assistant, at (815) 753-8557 or mcti@niu.edu.

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