LIT Project: Literacies, Inclusion & Transit

$500,000 over 3 years from the Mellon Foundation

The LIT Project supports an increasingly diverse student population by reinforcing intercultural competence in both students and faculty through:

  • High-quality diversity training on campus
  • Professional development for faculty
  • Undergraduate research activities in the humanities

Literacies: engage with multiple literacies

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.

Inclusion: embrace diversity and difference

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.

Transit: adapt to changing environments

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.

Embracing transitional moments

Infrastructure and culture are integral components to the LIT Project's success. To this end, FLC is committed to the following:

  • Altering workplace environments to address changing needs
  • Identifying and engaging implicit bias
  • Navigating difficult discussions and personal interactions
  • Collaborating and designing solutions with a focus on diversity and inclusion
  • Communicating for multiple audiences and engaging multiple perspectives
  • Embracing learning and inquiry as continuous processes
  • Empowering others through conscious choice

LIT Project initiatives

Indigenous Scholars in Residence

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.

Faculty workshops on inclusive pedagogy

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.

Undergraduate research in the humanities

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: 

  • Faculty mentorship
  • Students developing projects, presentations, and publications.
  • Interdisciplinary research addressing diversity, inclusion, and change
  • Oral history projects, digital recordings, and philosophy
  • Collaboration and self-reflection

LIT Project Faculty

Undergraduate Research in the Humanities Coordinator

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.

Team:

  • Jillian Wenburg (English)
  • Paul DeBell (Political Science)

Professional Development Workshop Coordinator

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.  

Team:

  • Sarah Roberts-Cady (Philosophy)
  • Deanne Grant (Visiting Indigenous Scholar - Sociology)
  • Bridget Groat (Visiting Indigenous Scholar - NAIS)
  • Lorraine Taylor (SOBA)
  • Steve Fenster (Biology)
  • Ben Waddell (Sociology)