School of Arts and Sciences
The LIT Project supports an increasingly diverse student population by reinforcing intercultural competence in both students and faculty through:
Students will learn how to switch lenses and view experiences through multiple and varied perspectives through exposure to culturally diverse scholars, increased undergraduate research in the humanities, and co-curricular activities that evoke engagement in multiple ways of understanding our world.
We will infuse the educational experience at FLC with opportunities that promote acceptance of difference and a desire to thoroughly include diverse peoples and perspectives.
Faculty and students alike will explore ideas of motion, movement, and change. Whether physical, economic, social, or emotional, humans live increasingly within a world of transit. Encouraging students to embrace adaptability will position graduates to have the best chance of success as they navigate the many spaces they will face throughout their lives.
Infrastructure and culture are integral components to the LIT Project's success. To this end, FLC is committed to the following:
FLC will host nationally known scholars of Native American or Indigenous Studies each semester. The scholars will teach courses on a topic related to literacies, inclusion, and/or transit, conduct monthly discussions/workshops for faculty, and give lectures open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public. These scholars will serve as a role model for the grounding philosophies of the LIT Project as well as experts in one or more of the areas.
FLC will host a workshop leader to facilitate curricular revisions supporting diversity and inclusion, with the aim of creating curricula and pedagogical practices that reflect the racially and ethnically student population that FLC serves. Each year different faculty members will receive stipends to participate in workshops, modify their curriculum, and pilot their curriculum the following semester. Additionally, FLC will develop a diversity requirement within the general education curriculum including theme-based paths that reflect the LIT program.
These workshops will specifically engage faculty in the idea of transit(ion). As they start to understand their curriculum and classroom from the student's perspective, and as they embrace new strategies to address a multicultural student population, they will be asked to alter what they do.
By the end of the project the majority of campus will be engaged in undergraduate research, which is critical to academic success for under-served minority students. FLC will encourage:
Dr. Chad Colby, Professor of Art & Design, will develop undergraduate research in the Humanities throughout the School of Arts & Sciences. He will work with the Associate VP to develop humanities projects within the existing infrastructure, identify faculty to mentor poster sessions and distribute poster supplies for projects, and select teams to attend the annual Council of Undergraduate Research Conference.
Dr. Chiara Cannella, Associate Professor of Education will select consultants for annual summer workshops in diverse pedagogy, select workshop participants, and oversee the curriculum development as a result of participation in the workshops.