In an effort to create and sustain an inclusive learning, living and working environment, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion developed the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Curriculum Grants. Full-time faculty have the opportunity to submit proposals to develop new courses that focus on historically marginalized populations, are intersectional, and/or expand curricular capacity for inclusive excellence.
CTE continues to support course developments that are community-engaged and rooted in culturally responsive pedagogy and equity-mindedness.
“We’re able to make this investment and we’re excited about the opportunity it presents not just for the faculty but, the opportunity for the students to become more knowledgeable about intersectionality, marginalized communities and groups they may not have encountered in their own lives,” CTE Director Augie Grant said.
Julian Williams, the first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, has been a key figure in forming a community of Carolinians that is representative of the state. While advocating for a more diverse student body, faculty and staff, it’s imperative that the university’s curricula also reflect these diverse needs.
“This curriculum piece makes sure that what we’re teaching does this as well.” Grant said. “This is one small part of a very big effort that Julian Williams is leading across campus with strong support from President Caslen and the Board of Trustees to really make our university more world-class than it already is.”
The Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Curriculum Grants are meant to have a lasting influence on the way we recognize and support marginalized groups.
“The development of these new courses will be sustaining. We’re not going to dress up this pretty little parade and march for a semester,” Nate Carnes, associate director of CTE said. “It is to be long term in terms of impacting students, faculty and to develop a more enlightened, informative and inclusive approach to celebrating everyone for who they are.”
For faculty interested in submitting a course proposal for the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Curriculum Grants, the first round deadline is March, 31.
“The university is very supportive in providing these resources that lead to better teaching. We hope to leave graduates better trained for their careers,” Grant said. “More courses that deal with intersectionality and marginalized communities and through that having graduating students leave with greater awareness of all of the issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.”