ATG Hot Topics 2/13/15

Erin GallagherBy Erin Gallagher

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!

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