Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

Diversity Scholars Program

The Diversity Scholars Program is designed to promote broader faculty adoption of teaching methods, strategies, and course materials that enhance inclusivity and respect for diversity in KU classes. Diversity Scholars participate in a year-long monthly faculty seminar in which they work together—through readings, discussion, and the workshopping of ideas—on incorporating attention to diversity (broadly defined) and inclusive practices, materials, and content in their classes. Over the year, each Diversity Scholar develops a plan for a new or redesigned course, and a plan for outreach and collaboration activities to facilitate inclusive teaching and mentoring in their own units. Participants share their course plans in a poster at the CTE end-of-year Celebration of Teaching and, after assessing the success of their course offering, showcase the results in an online portfolio. 

Launched in 2016, the Diversity Scholars Program is led by the Center for Teaching Excellence, in consultation with the Office of Diversity and Equity, and supported by funding through the Offices of Faculty Development and Academic Affairs. 

Applications for the 2017-2018 Diversity Scholars program are due Friday, August 25, 2107.The call for applications and application submission link are available here: https://cte.ku.edu/diversity-scholars-applications .  

2016-2017 Diversity Scholars 
Cécile Accilien, Department of African and African-American Studies
Barbara Barnett, School of Journalism
Jody Brook, School of Social Welfare
Alesha Doan, Department of Political Science
Tim Hossler, Department of Design
Krzysztof Kuczera, Department of Chemistry
Carrie La Voy, School of Education
Ward Lyles, Department of Urban Planning
Margaret Marco, School of Music
F. Maria Velasco, Department of Visual Art
Lua Kamál Yuille, School of Law

2016-2017 Program Facilitators
Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Department of English 
Darren Canady, Department of English 
Shannon Portillo, School of Public Affairs & Administration


News & Notes

CTE Learning Community:  Teaching at a Predominantly White Institution

After registering for the sessions below, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

All sessions are held from 12:00 - 12:55 p.m. on their respective dates. 


SESSION 1: Tuesday, Sept. 28th

An Underrepresentation/PWI Conundrum: “I do want to share my experiences, but I don’t want to leave the conversation exhausted—again.”

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SESSION 2: Tuesday, Oct. 19th

What Does It Mean to Move to Action on a PWI Campus?

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SESSION 3: Tuesday, Nov. 2nd

Getting Caught Off Guard and Handling the “-isms” that Students Bring into the Classroom

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SESSION 4: Tuesday, Nov. 16th

Topic to be decided by learning community

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SESSION 5: Tuesday, Nov. 30th

Topic to be decided by learning community

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See how CTE has been helping KU faculty adapt and innovate their teaching.

Visit the Flex Teaching sitewhich provides help for creating flexible courses that can shift between in-person and online.