Through a Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Teaching award, the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning & Scholarship is partnering with four Lafayette student fellows and Muhlenberg College to further inclusive teaching efforts. The goals of these efforts are to support faculty and staff in creating equitable, welcoming environments for learners by emphasizing student voices.
The student fellows, Danielle Bellefeuille (’20), Anna DeVault (’21), Ayat Husseini (’20), and Rehnuma Nasrin (’20) (featured left to right above) have been up to good work during the Spring 2019 semester. Anna and Ayat worked collaboratively on general resources for inclusive teaching. Ayat was a panelist in the What Lafayette Students Want Faculty to Know session, and both she and Anna summarized the content from this event, as well as conducted interviews with both Lafayette students and faculty to create a guide for faculty on inclusive teaching. Anna and Ayat are also working with the CITLS director, Dr. Tracie Addy, on scholarly work and conference presentations for inclusive teaching focused on students as critical informants. They are also developing an inclusive teaching resource for the August 2019 New Faculty Orientation.
Danielle and Rehnuma focus on the inclusion challenges of learners of Asian descent and international students. They both had the opportunity to travel to Yale University, eat fabulous food and attend the Impact: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Social Change conference in March to further their own knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion and apply it during their fellowship year. They coordinated the Lafayette session, Dare to Be Dark, to raise awareness of the challenges of colorism, discrimination typically between individuals of the same racial/ethnic group. They created the inclusive teaching resource, The Myth of the Model Minority, as a follow-up to the February session on this topic. During the Fall 2019 semester, Danielle and Rehnuma will be working collaboratively with Muhlenberg College to plan an event focused on equity and inclusion for international students and learners of Asian descent.
Please visit the resources created by the student fellows, and if you see them on campus or in class, please thank them for their excellent work!