MCTI seeks participants for May 2013 sessions

Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute logoNIU’s Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute, organized by the Committee on Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and sponsored by the Office of the Provost, will take place from May 13 to May 17 next spring at the Holmes Student Center.

The purpose of the institute is to provide faculty and instructors with information, guidance and inspiration to transform current courses, or to create new ones, to reflect the importance of multiculturalism.

Qualified faculty and instructional staff interested in participating in the institute are encouraged to apply.

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 Monday, 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 and sexual orientation. Plenary sessions and some panels are open to the public; small-group sessions are restricted to participants.

Approximately 270 individuals have participated in the institute since its inception, and they have expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to learn about multicultural issues, share experiences and ideas and establish lasting professional relationships.

Participants have made a significant impact on NIU’s curriculum in all of its colleges.

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

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