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Upcoming event

     Annual Representatives
and
Professional Meeting 

  June 5-7, 2019

at

Fordham University 
Rose Hill Campus 
Bronx, New York

 

“MAKES ME WANNA HOLLER:
Rethinking Access and Belonging in the
Shadow of Increasing Economic Inequality and Political Polarization”

At this meeting we will be examining the stressors — financial, social, psychological — that impact students of color and other underrepresented students at our institutions and discuss strategies that help students, faculty, and staff grapple with the array of challenges and exchange ideas about how to help our schools create and sustain more fully supportive and inclusive campus environments.  And in this increasingly contentious political moment, we will also consider how we can prepare to confront the heightened tensions and divisiveness on our campuses that the 2020 election cycle will inevitably bring.

 Featured speakers include

Anthony Abraham Jack (B.A. Amherst, Ph.D., Harvard), Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students (2019).  Dr. Jack will give the luncheon keynote address, Thursday, June 6th.

 

Christina Greer (B.A., Tufts, Ph.D., Columbia), Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University, who will facilitate a session at 3 PM, Thursday, June 6th.  A frequent guest commentator on MSNBC, Dr. Greer specializes on racial and ethnic politics, American urban centers, presidential politics, and campaigns and elections. Dr. Greer is the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration and the Pursuit of the American Dream (2013).


Where
: Fordham University,  Rose Hill Campus,  Bronx, New York

When:  Wednesday evening, June 5, 2019  – Friday afternoon, June 7, 2019

Accommodations:

Residence Inn New York the Bronx at Metro Center Atrium, 1776 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461, phone: 1-718-239-3939. 

To receive the group rate, reserve your room no later than MondayMay 6, 2019!!
You may reserve a room by calling the hotel directly (mention the Consortium on High Achievement and Success) or through the link below:

Book your group rate for The Consortium of High Achievement & Success

REGISTRATION: SUMMER 2019 CHAS Reps Meeting @ FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

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CHAS Women of Color Conference
At
Lafayette College

2019

CHAS Women of Color Conference:

Living Authentically

Follow link for information:  CHAS WOCC

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presents the

 Black and Latinx Men’s Conference

“Empowering Black and Latinx Men:
Self-Identity, Masculinity, Intersectionality, and Solidarity”

 hosted by Kenyon College

November 2 – 4, 2018

 

CHAS is proud to announce that Kenyon College will host the Black and Latinx Male Conference, the 17th such conference held since CHAS was founded.  Each year, the conference creates opportunities for intellectual engagement, networking and mentoring for participants during the weekend experience.  In addition to individual leadership skill development, participants are given the tools and supports to create action plans to share with members of their respective campuses. The Black and Latinx Male Conference brings together students, faculty, administrators and thought leaders from across the nation to consider how to best facilitate the high achievement and success of our Black and Latinx male students at institutions dedicated to liberal arts education.

SHUTTLE INFORMATION

SCHEDULE

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

DIRECTIONS

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The Kenyon Inn – located on campus and in walking distance to every event

100 W. Wiggin Street
Gambier, Ohio 43022
740-427-2202

Rate: $115/night (conference rate with institutional tax-exempt documentation)
Cut off date: Monday, October 15

 

The Holiday Inn Express – located 3.7 miles away from campus
11555 Upper Gilchrist Rd.

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
740-392-1900
Rate: $99.99/night
Cut off date:  The Holiday Inn has given a brief extension for their deadline, so be sure to reserve your rooms immediately

 

The Comfort Inn – located 4.8 miles from campus
150 Howard St.

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
740-392-6886
Rate: $145/night
Cut off date: Wednesday, October 31

REGISTRATION INFO & FORM

CHAS member institutions receive complimentary registration for the first six participants.

Note: We encourage delegations to include four students, one administrator and one faculty member.

 Additional participants are welcome and require a $60.00 registration fee.

 If your institution is not a member of CHAS, we welcome your participation.

The registration fee is $75.00 per person. Please make checks payable to “CHAS Trinity.”

 

REGISTRATION: SUMMER 2019 CHAS Reps Meeting @ FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

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“Using Qualitative Evidence to Support A Holistic Model of Student Advising”

Pomona College

Using Qualitative Evidence to Support A Holistic Model of Student Advising

Submitted by:
Dr. Cecelia Conrad, Dean of the College
Dr. Miriam Feldblum, Dean of Students and Professor of Politics

October 28, 2009

Previous research has found evidence that high quality advising is positively related to student success.  (Tinto 2004, Metzner 1989, NSSE 2005, Kuh et al, 2006). NSSE data (2005) show that students who rate their advising as good or excellent are more satisfied with their overall college experience, and gain more from college in most areas. Yet, seniors in the classes of 2006 and 2008 at Pomona College and its peer group report that they were less than satisfied with their pre-major advising experience and, at Pomona (for which we have data), black students report greater dissatisfaction than do others.   For example, on a scale of 1= very dissatisfied and 4=very satisfied, Pomona respondents rated “academic advising before declaring major” 2.70 and “ academic advising in your major” 3.27.  Black Pomona respondents rated “academic advising before declaring major” 2.55 and “academic advising in your major” 2.96.

Given the level of dissatisfaction among black students and the less than stellar ratings given to pre-major advising by all students, we have begun to look for ways to improve our advising model.   An example of advising that appears to work well on our campus is the mentoring that happens through the POSSE program. Unlike traditional academic advising, POSSE mentoring pays attention to personal and social issues that often influence a student’s academic performance. We tracked the GPA trajectories of POSSE students compared to “control” groups of Questbridge, Latino, Black and lower income students and found that POSSE students showed greater resilience.  This evidence, coupled with the data from the focus groups of POSSE students and interviews with mentors, suggested a positive impact of holistic mentoring on the academic success of nontraditional students. This finding is corroborated in published research.  In a study of nineteen high-achieving black students at a predominantly white, medium sized research university in the Northeast, Douglas Guiffrida (2005) found that students described faculty as “student-centered” if they provided comprehensive advising – “student-centered faculty took a much more holistic approach to their career advising that went beyond simply giving students advice regarding course selections. Instead, they invested time patiently listening to students to understand their professional fears, dreams, and goals.”

We introduced the concept of holistic advising to all first-year faculty advisors at the Fall 2009 workshop.  The ensuing discussion revealed faculty discomfort because of a perceived crossing of boundaries and because they felt ill-prepared to respond to what they might hear.  Nevertheless, in a fall survey of first year students, 46% reported that their advisor asked questions about their lives outside of the classroom. We lack baseline comparison data, but suspect that is an increase as compared to earlier years.

As we ask faculty to inquire about the personal and social life of the student at the college, we need to provide them with more information about the student experience, particularly the experiences of students who may be marginalized at the college – first-generation, low income students and students of color.  We need to develop a sustained and effective method for communicating to faculty the experiences of these students at the college.

For many years, Pomona College has conducted student surveys that included open-ended questions on student satisfaction and the experience of diversity on campus. However, this qualitative evidence has not been systematically analyzed and organized to communicate to faculty.  Quantitative data, like the overall satisfaction index, is regularly posted on the college web page, but numerical data cannot reveal the depth and complexity of experiences in a way that would help faculty engage students more holistically in the advising process.

This research project will mine the open-ended questions on three surveys conducted over the last five years to create communications to faculty regarding student experiences with respect to diversity over this time period and to develop additional holistic advising guides for faculty utilizing this information.  The effectiveness of these communications and resources, their impact on faculty advising, and their (indirect) impact on student satisfaction with advising will then be assessed.

We hypothesize that the provision of qualitative evidence and additional training will encourage faculty to adopt a holistic advising framework.  A faculty member who has some knowledge of the prior experiences of historically marginalized students and the tools to guide his/her inquiry will feel more comfortable asking questions and providing advice on personal and social issues.  We also hypothesize that the adoption of a more holistic advising framework will lead to greater satisfaction with advising, especially among black students.

The first step will be an analysis of qualitative data, answers to open-ended questions, from two surveys of Pomona students:  a Senior Exit Survey in 2005 that included open-ended questions about campus climate and a survey conducted by the student government in Spring 2009. Because these surveys were not designed in concert and asked different questions, we will need to develop specific questions about student experience before we begin this analysis   Step two will be to translate this data into specific findings and narratives to be communicated to academic advisors.  We plan to complete this phase by late Spring 2010.   Also, in Spring 2010, we will collect additional baseline data through separate focus groups with first and second year students and faculty advisors.  In August 2010,  we will hold a training workshop for first year advisors to communicate this information and to discuss its relationship to the holistic advising framework.  The survey of first year students distributed this fall will be repeated in Fall 2010 for both first and second year students. In addition, we will conduct a second round of focus groups. An assessment of the impact on student satisfaction will await the Senior Exit surveys of 2013 and 2014.

The results of this research will affect the future design of pre-major advising training and will allow us to assess our ability to scale up the Posse model to a larger group of students.

BUDGET with justification – $6500

Personnel – $5000

Graduate student  ($4000) and undergraduate research assistants ($1000) will assist one-person Institutional Research office with analysis of open-ended survey questions and to prepare report, a labor intensive process.

Other Costs –  $1500

We will need to provide incentives to attract student participants in the proposed focus groups. ($1000) and there will be costs associated with production of materials for faculty workshop to disseminate results.  ($500)

Background of Investigators

The principal investigators are Cecilia Conrad, Dean of the College and Stedman Sumner Professor of Economics and Miriam Feldblum, Dean of Students and Professor of Politics.  The research team includes Jennifer Rachford, Director of Institutional Research; Marcelle Holmes, Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Psychology; and Lynn Thomas, Professor of Anthropology. Professor Conrad’s research focuses on the effects of race and gender on economic status.  She is the former Director of the American Economic Association’s Pipeline program and in that capacity designed a mentorship and networking program for minority graduate students in economics. She has active research on the climate for African American women faculty and delivered presentations on this topic at Ohio State University and University of California-Irvine.   Dean Feldblum has written on ethnic politics in France.  Before coming to Pomona, Dean Feldblum was the senior director for academic planning and support at Caltech. At Cal-tech, she was the PI on a grant from the The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, “Achieving Diversity in Science and Engineering.” Jennifer Rachford has conducted studied Black and Latino student performance in gateway courses and of interactional diversity at Pomona.  Marcelle Holmes is a psychologist who specializes in student and African American mental health. Lynn Thomas’ fields of expertise in anthropology include meaning in language and cross-cultural communication. He also teaches a course in methods.

Pomona College is committed to sharing the outcomes of this project with the larger CHAS community.

Bibliography

 

 

Guiffrida, Douglas, 2004. “Othermothering as a Framework for Understanding African American Students’ Definitions of Student-Centered Faculty,” The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 76, No. 6 (Nov. – Dec., 2005), pp. 701-723.

Kuh, George D., Jillian Kinzie, Jennifer A. Buckley, Brian K. Bridges, and John Hayek, 2006.  “What Matters to Student Success: A Review of the Literature”, Commissioned Report for the National Symposium on Postsecondary Student Success: Spearheading a Dialog on Student Success, National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, July 2006.

Metzner, Barbara, 1989.  “Perceived Quality of Academic Advising: The Effect on Freshman Attrition,” American Educational Research Journal, Vol. 26, #3 (Autumn 1989), pp 422-442.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). (2005). Student Engagement: Exploring Different Dimensions of Student Engagement. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.

Tinto, Vincent, 2004. “Student Retention and Graduation: Facing the Truth, Living with the Consequences.” Occasional Paper #1, The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, July 2004.

“SPEC and Lab Buddies: Creating a Community of Learners in Chemistry”

Wheaton College:

“S P E C & Lab Buddies:  Creating a Community of Learners in Chemistry”

Submitted by
Dr.Laura Muller, Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Janina Benoit, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Elita Pastra-Landis, Professor of Chemistry

1. A brief description of your project and its potential to effect institutional change and to promote student engagement and achievement.

The Chemistry Department at Wheaton College is embarking on a two-pronged approach that will help to create a community of learners in chemistry in the early stages of the major. At the CHAS Faculty Forum in May of 2009, some speakers and presentations suggested that there were strong indicators that underrepresented students benefit more than majority students from programs that build a supportive student community within a department. The information implied that underrepresented students, specifically students of color, feel more comfortable in a welcoming learning environment and therefore perform better. In our experience, part of developing comfort in the sciences comes from the realization that science is grounded in collaborative work, and we intend to introduce students to this concept through our Skills Practice and Enhancement in Chemistry (SPEC) and Lab Buddies programs, which together help students improve their chemistry skills, both laboratory and study skills, and help them develop a sense of “belonging” within the department.

Several speakers at the CHAS Faculty Forum in May commented on the higher level of success by students who built community and connection within a department. In fact, we know anecdotally that junior and senior Chemistry majors at Wheaton see their peers as important contributors to their learning experience. They can often be found working together on problem sets or discussing concepts from class.  For this reason, we wish to help students form a cohort earlier in their science careers.

We intend to make chemistry more inviting to new Wheaton students by involving senior Chemistry students in a mentoring relationship with students in Introductory Chemistry. The overall goal of our programs is to enhance recruitment, retention and success of underrepresented students in Chemistry.  Therefore, our specific objectives are to: 1) improve student skills and performance at the introductory level, and 2) foster a sense of belonging within the department and discipline.

We have had “lab buddies”, in a limited role, working in laboratory sections of introductory chemistry courses for the past two years. Lab Buddies are upper level students who serve as assistants to the instructor by answering questions, observing laboratory technique, and helping students who may work somewhat more slowly or need further clarification. We have found that the students also ask “lab buddies” about a myriad of issues which can be characterized as science-specific academic advising issues. These include course selection, tips on working with professors, academic challenges pertaining to the course and specific questions about the department. With that in mind, we have decided to restructure the Lab Buddies job description to include more formal “peer academic advisor” duties. At Wheaton, peer academic advisors are called Preceptors and they are assigned to every first year seminar. Similarly, Lab Buddies will be assigned to a first or second year chemistry lab sections. In their expanded role the Lab Buddies will serve as an additional layer of department-specific advising that will help inform and guide newer science students as they progress throughout the first and second year. Students will have an opportunity to visit with the lab buddy with whom they have developed the most chemistry (pun intended) and comfort. Interaction with Lab Buddies will also provide first- and second-year students access to some of our most enthusiastic upper-level students. Students just beginning their academic careers will be immersed in a community of scholars.

Responsibilities for Lab Buddies:

  1. Participate in “student-leadership” training session developed by the Advising Office
  1. Participate in Lab Safety Training through the Chemistry Department
  2. Assist lab instructor in one pre-assigned lab section of Chemistry 153 per week
  3. Meet weekly with the instructor to discuss the week’s planned laboratory exercise
  4. Coordinate a “lab buddy group” that:

i)       holds announced office hours during advising week to answer particular questions about chemistry courses and the major

ii)      has a study break for students before each exam for the course

The second prong of our program is Skills Practice and Enhancement in Chemistry (SPEC). In our observation of chemistry students, we have learned that members of our entry level chemistry course (Chemistry 153) would benefit from more time to work on the concepts and problem solving techniques introduced in class. Some students suffer because they do not have appropriate study skills. In response to these observations, we have decided to transform our once “optional” study sessions into “mandatory to do well” sessions and will offer extra credit to students who attend. We have selected student leaders for the sections who we believe will help the CH153 students gain skill and confidence in working toward learning introductory chemistry. The SPEC sessions emphasize student-to-student learning. This collaboration occurs at two levels: between the peer leaders and the students and among the students as they work together in groups. Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) has been used effectively to enhance student learning for some time. In most cases, however PLTL is used as a pedagogical method for the class, not for an accompanying problem session. Presentations at the CHAS conference by colleagues at Mt. Holyoke and Trinity have convinced us that this approach will also be successful for these problem sessions.

Responsibilities for SPEC Peer Leaders:

1)      Participate in SPEC training session on “Techniques for Teaching Student Problem-Solving Groups” prior to the beginning of the semester

2)      Participate in “student-leadership” training session (given by the Advising Office)

3)      Attend Chemistry 153 classes (M,W,F 9:30-10:20)

4)      Hold one 1.5-hr problem-solving session per week at assigned time (TBD)

a)      Take attendance

b)      Introduce problems

c)      Aid groups in working through the problems

5)      Meet weekly with course instructors to review problem sets and discuss student progress.

These programs will benefit all students in Chemistry 153, though information presented at the CHAS conference suggests that programs like these benefit underrepresented students even more because they help students feel more comfortable in the learning environment. In addition, we believe that working in small groups (which will rotate each week) will allow students to find other students with the same learning style and will form study groups outside of the SPEC sessions.

Evaluation & Assessment – Evaluation of the program will take several forms.  First, we will assemble and analyze baseline data on grades from previous years of CH 153 classes.  In addition we will perform surveys on students and SPEC leaders to identify perceived successes and limitations of the program.  We will analyze within- and between-class data for evidence of the impacts of SPEC attendance on student performance.  Finally, we will follow a cohort of underrepresented students from years 1 and 2 of the programs through their academic careers to assess retention and academic success in Chemistry or another natural science.

2. Budget, budget justification, and timeline for completion of the project.

The total cost of the program is $6000 for the year which includes compensation for the SPEC leaders. We can cover the funding for Lab Buddies from the existing budget as we have in the past. We estimate a commitment of 6 hours per week per student leader. We plan to hire 3 students as SPEC leaders for 10 weeks at an hourly wage of $9 an hour; adding the time needed for training, the total per semester becomes $1700 ($3400/academic year).  Additionally, we expect to spend $300 per semester on supplies such as textbooks and ancillaries that will help the peer leaders develop problems on their own, coffee/tea and snacks for SPEC study sessions, as well as the study breaks.  We also request $2000 for two faculty members to travel to a conference or some other appropriate venue to disseminate results of this project and further enhance our understanding of student learning through projects of this type.  The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) may provide the right venue at the upcoming meeting on Faculty Roles in High Impact Practices.

Student stipends               $1700/sem          x             2             =            $3400

Ancillary materials            $300/sem            x             2            =             $600

Conference costs             $2000                                                 =             $2000

Total                                                                                                              $6,000

3. Brief summary of your background in promoting student success and engagement in the classroom, and how this project relates to other efforts to promote high achievement among all students on your campus, with special emphasis on students of color.

In January of 2007 Wheaton funded a pilot program of student immersion in the study of chemistry, called the Villars January Scholars Program. Ten students and one peer tutor were funded to participate in almost three weeks of intensive chemistry study.  The group met daily from 9 am to 6 pm. The participants were either from groups under-represented in the sciences or students who were committed to teaching so as to improve the participation of under-represented groups in the STEM fields. All the students had taken Chemistry 153 in the fall and would take Chemistry 154 in the spring semester. This program was held in January, between those two semesters, so as to better prepare students for Chemistry 154.
Student work over 17 days consisted of reading the textbook individually, solving problems as a group, sharing understanding and questions, carrying out daily laboratory exercises and data analysis and taking part in field trips to an area museum and commercial or hospital research laboratories. The program was designed and coordinated by Wheaton College chemistry professor, Elita Pastra-Landis, as a short version of the model used by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  The program involved every member of the chemistry department for the study, laboratory and student presentation sessions. Students repeated a new version of the final examination for Chemistry 153 and improved their score by as much as two letter grades.  Increased confidence was evident in their spring semester studies.  We have continued to advise and mentor these students and, to our delight, nine out of the ten students remain at the college and eight of the ten students have continued successfully in the sciences at Wheaton.

Additionally, programs are housed in our Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning, which help support the needs of underrepresented groups in the classroom.  Of particular note is the development of a Science Cohort, and the coordination of on and off campus opportunities that support the needs of students of color in the sciences.  Members of the Science Cohort are able to participate in both Harvard’s and MIT’s STEM and Medical School conferences, which provide our students with external, field-specific mentoring and internship opportunities.  The majority of the students who have participated in the science cohort are members of underrepresented group on campus, primarily students of color.

Outside of the sciences, Wheaton offers sections of English 060 for students who require enhanced English language learning.  We also provide students an opportunity to take Eng 060 twice, for credit, if the student and English dept feel that the course is necessary for the student’s success at the college.  This helps students take the necessary course to succeed without falling behind in overall credits.  This course is open to all students, but certainly serves more international students and those whose families have emigrated to the U.S. from non English speaking countries.

The SPEC/Lab Buddies program springs from the work of the January Villars program as well as the Science Cohort in that it serves underrepresented students and aims to increase their success in the sciences by building community, as well as providing a positive learning environment.  Success in these programs, we anticipate, will result in higher achievement in the core science courses in the major and help increase the number of students of color and other underrepresented groups in the sciences.

4. Your commitment to share the project outcomes with the larger CHAS community, including a presentation at a meeting to be scheduled by CHAS.

We are certainly interested in sharing findings and specific results from the SPEC and Lab Buddies programs at Wheaton College, including a presentation at future CHAS meetings.

“Crossing the Divide: Race and Pedagogy in STEM Fields”

Vassar College

Crossing the Divide: Race & Pedagogy in STEM Fields

Dr. Benjamin Lotto, Professor of Mathematics
and
Dr. Natalie Friedman, Associate Director of the Learning and Teaching Center

Background: Vassar convenes an annual retreat on issues of diversity, and this year’s retreat, which took place on May 9, was focused on race in the classroom. One of the particular goals of the retreat was to begin a conversation about race and pedagogy in STEM fields, and to this end, STEM faculty were included as panelists and a particular effort was made to encourage attendance by STEM faculty.  In addition, one breakout session was devoted to a discussion of race in STEM disciplines.

Events during the retreat, including comments and questions in the morning from a mathematician about poorly performing African American women in his classes, a conversation among science faculty during the breakout session about their hesitance to engage race in any way for fear that a misunderstanding could spin out of control, and comments made by an afternoon panelist that characterized the question asked by the mathematician as well as the person himself as racist, resulted in substantial tension that was not dispelled by the end of the afternoon session.  We believe that the retreat marks the beginning of a conversation about race and pedagogy in the sciences and mathematics that must be continued.

Three key concepts that emerged from the day’s events were: 1) That a disciplinary gap exists between scientists/mathematicians and humanists, characterized by different language and theorizing about students of color and their experiences in our classrooms, and that STEM professors and humanist scholars would mutually benefit from sharing their knowledge and classroom practices; 2) That many STEM faculty, who do not feel comfortable or institutionally supported to take risks in their teaching that might help them make connections with students of color, need better support and occasions for conversation about issues of race and pedagogy; 3) That by increasing institutional support to both faculty of color and white faculty in STEM fields, students of color in STEM sciences will be better mentored by a greater variety of people, which may result in greater success of students of color, as well as satisfaction, in STEM fields.

Proposal: To this end, we propose organizing the following gatherings, designed to continue and build on the retreat and, we hope, to start to find ways to resolve some of the tensions that were revealed among the faculty that day:

1) We would like to reconvene the lunchtime breakout session with an invitation to all STEM scientists, and continue the discussion about issues of race in the sciences and mathematics with the intent of finding ways to break down the resistance to engaging these issues.  It is possible that an on campus facilitator, yet to be identified, will participate in this session.

2) We would like to convene conversations between faculty in the sciences and mathematics, and faculty whose scholarship is intimately connected with issues of race in order to find ways for those groups to effectively communicate with each other to the mutual benefit of both groups.

3) We would like to engage an outside speaker who can address some of the particular issues of race in the sciences and mathematics. We are considering inviting Muriel Poston, Dean of the Faculty at Skidmore College and one of the invited guests at our retreat who happened to have been present at the breakout session mentioned above, to return to Vassar for further discussion.

Budget: In order to facilitate these steps, we are anticipating a budget of $4800 of which we are requesting $3600 from CHAS.  Vassar will contribute $1200 to the project as part of our Faculty Conversations.  The total $4800 is to be disbursed as follows:

  • Scientists’ group meeting w/o invited speaker (approximately 25-40 faculty members expected); dinner plus books/materials: $1000.
  • Scientists’ group meeting w/invited speaker (approx. 25-40 members expected); cost of dinner: $1000; cost of speaker: $1500.
  • Scientists’ group meets w/scholars at Vassar who work in the field of critical race studies: $1000 (includes dinner and books/materials).
  • Final group meeting to discuss curricular and classroom changes and next steps: $300.

Organizers: Benjamin Lotto is Professor of Mathematics and current Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Vassar.  Dr. Lotto was one of the originators of our Supplemental Instruction program and has been involved in one way or another in SI since its inception here.  Natalie Friedman is currently the Associate Director of our Learning and Teaching Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English.  Previously she served as Director of the Writing Center, was Acting Director of the Learning and Teaching Center, and has served on our Committee on Inclusion and Excellence.  Dr. Friedman was co-organizer of the faculty retreat on diversity mentioned above, “Transformative Pedagogy: Race and the College Classroom”.   Since her arrival at Vassar in 2004 her work has focused on issues of access, inclusion and success for all of our students.

The organizers are committed to sharing the results of these conversations internally and with the larger CHAS community through a written report and at an appropriate CHAS meeting.


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