Multicultural institute participants will present programs about their transformed curriculum

Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute logoMembers of the NIU community will soon have the opportunity to hear presentations on multicultural curriculum transformation given by faculty and staff from a wide range of disciplines.

Each of the presenters participated in the most recent Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute.

The Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute was designed to facilitate discussion about multicultural issues, to provide resources for research on multicultural subjects, and to offer tenured and tenure-track faculty, instructors and SPS employees with teaching responsibilities support for incorporating multicultural perspectives and content into their teaching.

The institute includes plenary addresses by invited scholars, presentations by NIU faculty, panel discussions, syllabi critiques, videos and small-group activities that focus on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual orientation and disabilities. Each participant is required to revise or create a course plan incorporating diversity and to present the project to the public in the fall semester following the institute.

The presentations are scheduled from Tuesday, Oct. 4, through Friday, Oct. 28, in the Holmes Student Center.

Speakers include:

  • 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;
  • 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 next institute will take place in May 2013.

For more information, contact Amy Levin, chair of the Committee on Multicultural Curriculum Transformation, at alevin@niu.edu; or the committee’s assistant, Catherine Smith, at mcti@niu.edu.

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