Accepting Applications: Summer Mini-Institute on Diversity and Inclusion

Date Published: 
April 6, 2017

All UNC Charlotte faculty are invited to apply to participate in the Summer Mini-Institute on Diversity and Inclusion, May 15-18, 2017.


This “mini-institute” will engage faculty in a 6-hour exploration of inclusive classrooms and concrete strategies to enhance the teaching-learning process in their own courses. On day one, participants will learn how unconscious bias can impact teaching and learning and concrete strategies to create inclusive classroom climates and prepare students for success in an increasingly diverse world. On day two, participants will apply learning to their own course(s), specifically focusing on course content, teaching styles, and assessment methods. During Fall semester, participants will share their work with colleagues in ongoing efforts to institutionalize the widespread practice of inclusive teaching and learning. This institute is interdisciplinary, so faculty from all colleges and programs are encouraged to participate.

Activities of the Institute

Summer Workshops: Three cohorts of twenty faculty will attend a three-hour workshop and a three-hour hands-on workshop during May 2017. Workshops will address key principles of the inclusive curriculum, global employability skills for students, and student involvement in curriculum design. These workshops will assist faculty in the development and implementation of course and curricular goals for understanding diversity.  

  • Monday, May 15, 9 am - 12 pm 

  • Tuesday, May 16, 9 am - 12 pm 

  • Wednesday, May 17, 9 am - 12 pm 

  • Thursday, May 18, 9 am - 12 pm 

Independent Follow-up Work: During summer 2017, institute members will develop strategies to apply workshop learnings to their course(s).  The goal of this work will be creating inclusive classrooms through a range of active learning and high-impact pedagogies that transcend disciplinary boundaries. During AY 2017-18, faculty will implement their inclusive classroom strategies and participate in activities designed to disseminate their work to other faculty and help institutionalize best practices in inclusive pedagogy.

Application Process: Faculty should apply to participate in this institute.  The application process will require faculty to declare which course they intend to develop through the institute and to agree to disseminate their work.