MCTI announces open sessions

Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute logoThe Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute will be held from Monday, May 16, through Friday, May 20, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Twenty-three members of NIU’s instructional faculty will participate. Each participant will revise the syllabus for an existing or new course, incorporating material related to race, class, and/or gender.

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

Adams has spoken nationally on her work with diversity and social justice in the higher education curriculum. She is co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice as well as other volumes. 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 Adams will be held at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 16. Adams will present the following day, Tuesday, May 17, in the Heritage Room. Her presentation from 9 a.m. to noon is open to all.

Other open sessions include:

Monday, May 16

  • 10:45 a.m. to noon. Student Demographics

Wednesday, May 18

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Gender
  • 10:45 a.m. to noon. Sexual Identity
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ability and Disability

Thursday, May 19

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Race and Ethnicity

Friday, May 20

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Women and Underrepresented Groups in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

All sessions will take place in the Heritage Room.

Launched in 1994, the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute (MCTI) brings together faculty, instructors and teaching members of the Supportive Professional Staff from across campus to learn more about multiculturalism. Participants discuss how to integrate diversity into their course content and pedagogy.

Members of the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Committee, who are charged with planning the summer institute, envision an enriched academic environment where instructional faculty address multicultural perspectives in their teaching, accommodate the needs of a diverse student population and incorporate multicultural content into their scholarship. 

For additional information, contact Amy Levin, chair of the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Committee, at 753-1038 or alevin@niu.edu, or Rachel Stade, task force assistant, at 753-8557 or mcti@niu.edu.

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