It’s that magical time of year again when chubby cherubs flit through the clouds and shoot love-tipped arrows at the unsuspecting masses: it’s Friday the 13th! I know, it’s also time for another greeting card company-instigated holiday, so I hope everyone has lovely plans for this weekend. Again, if you’re anywhere north of Tampa, Florida, you might be spending this weekend snowed in next to a cozy fire. I prefer watching these sorts of scenes from my computer screen.
As I prepare to attend an all-day summit on Transformative Learning, or how to infuse diversity in the classroom, I wonder who else out there working in higher education (or classroom settings of any kind) has been focusing on something similar? How does your school and/or library support inclusiveness and diverse perspectives, both in and out of the classroom? Or is this something that has not been addressed in a purposeful way?
You may need a subscription to unlock some of these articles, but the Chronicle of Higher Education posted an anthology of sorts on what campuses are doing to explore and support diversity. Many of these are encouraging, but we still have a long way to go. Here is another heartening piece on adding diversity infusion at a curricular level at Lafayette College.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) also offers some interesting examples in this article and expands their definition of “diversity”.
Is this on the radar at your library? How would you define “diversity infusion”? Happy reading and happy weekend, all you love-crazed kids!
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.