Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts
Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Teaching & Learning Award

February 2019 – February 2020


Students as Critical Partners for Inclusive Pedagogical Practices

Collaborating Institution

Muhlenberg College

Lafayette Partners

Alex Hendrickson | College Chaplain & Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Advisor of Kaleidoscope Student Group

Tingting Kang | Multi-Language Learner Support Specialist

Liliana Madrid | Assistant Dean & Director of Intercultural Development

Joseph Woo | Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Lijuan Xu | Associate Director of Research & Instructional Services, Skillman Library

Lafayette Student Partners 

Danielle Bellefeuille (’20)

Anna DeVault (’21)

Ayat Husseini (’20)

Rehnuma Nasrin (’20)

Project Description

The proposed work aims to use student partners to inform faculty on how to create equitable learning environments where belonging is a key component. Such initiatives are significant as Lafayette College seeks to become a need-blind institution, and the student population diversifies. Concurrently, these efforts are important as Muhlenberg College carries out a strategic plan to recruit and retain diverse students and faculty, and promote an inclusive climate. Increased awareness of diversity concerns and pedagogical strategies, in addition to the development of intra- and inter-institutional networks and sustainable resources are anticipated outcomes.

Grant Extension

February 2020 – May 2021

Lafayette College was given permission to this grant award to support student partnerships during the Inclusive Instructor’s Academy for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.  The 2020 – 21 student fellows will support faculty participants in the implementation of their inclusive teaching plans during the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester by performing classroom observations and engaging in debriefing sessions.

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