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Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Lecture Series

Center For Excellence In Teaching, Learning and Online Education (CETLOE)

Multicultural Programming

Groups Served
Collegiate, Faculty, Graduate, Postbaccalaureate, Postdoctoral, Staff

Program Website
Visit the Program Website

Contact Information
Slaton, Jackie
jslaton@gsu.edu

Address
100 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Building
Library South

Campus
Atlanta

Funding

State Funding, Multiple Sponsors

Overview

The Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Lecture Series promotes the integration of current social issues into courses to better engage students and help them to develop their social, emotional and expressive capacities. TSJD focuses on instructional strategies that Georgia State faculty have used to successfully incorporate social justice themes into various subject areas and the resulting positive student outcomes.

Benefits

1. Highlights efforts to integrate social justice into Georgia State curriculum
2. Builds community
3. Inclusive of diversity in academic curriculum
4. Promote collaboration among colleagues

Supplemental Materials

Not Applicable

Discipline Focus
Professional, Social Sciences

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
First Generation, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Socioeconomic Status

Race/Ethnic Group
Asian, Black, Gender, Hispanic/ Latinx groups, Multi-racial, Other, Marginalized populations

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 2: Multicultural Programming

Established
Fall 2016

Number Served
51-100

Notable Leaders, Stakeholders, or Speakers

Ainsworth, James, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University
Umoja, Akinyela, Ph.D., Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University
Boler, Megan, Ph.D., Full Professor at the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Barzegar, Abbas, Ph.D., Lecturer, Visiting of Middle East Studies Center, Religious Studies at Georgia State University
King, Joyce, Ph. D., Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University

Research Routines, Responsibilities and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), Funding to attend professional development sessions/coursework (e.g., conference travel, professional development session/coursework registration fee, application fee waiver, book purchase)

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

The Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Award recognizes a Georgia State faculty member who integrates current social issues into the curriculum to better engage students and help them expand their social, emotional and expressive capacities toward developing complex views of citizenship and self.

Self-efficacy Emphasis

Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Lecture Series allows professors to discuss methods and strategies to better integrate social justice into the Georgia State curriculum, resulting in a more diverse and inclusive education for one of the most diverse student populations in the country. Offering students, a more culturally responsive education increases the chances of student success.

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

The faculty members who participate in the Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Lecture Series are able critically reflect on themselves and the personal qualities that inform their teaching practice, gives an awareness of multicultural group dynamics, and allows students to effectively engage in social responsibility and be an active participant in the learning process.

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Specialized Pedagogical practices (e.g. multicultural teaching practices; usage of gender pronouns), Specialized Curricula/Workshops (e.g. training for participants, directors and/or faculty on imposter syndrome, implicit bias, microaggressions), Development of Academic Sense of Belongingness (e.g. Meetings with doctoral scholars, peer researchers, exchanges at academic conferences), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Academic recognition (i.e. research credibility, prestige), Knowledge transfer to the community (e.g., parents, peers, stakeholders)

Mentoring Components

Mentors provide support with academic or discipline specific knowledge through direct teaching, Mentors provide mentees with access to academic resources (e.g. precollegiate/collegiate/graduate/postdoc/ faculty training; standardized test preparation; writing workshops, research workshops, tenure and promotion information)

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

The Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Lecture Series provides a safe space where students, faculty, and staff learn how lecturers incorporate social justice into the curriculum, often highlighting the uniqueness and diversity found in the Georgia State community.

Evaluation Methods

Site visit, Program survey(s)

Anticipated Participant Outcomes

attendance

Outcome Milestones

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Key Performance Indicators

Event Attendance

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 2: Multicultural Programming

Established
Fall 2016

Number Served
51-100

Notable Leaders, Stakeholders, or Speakers

Ainsworth, James, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University
Umoja, Akinyela, Ph.D., Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University
Boler, Megan, Ph.D., Full Professor at the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Barzegar, Abbas, Ph.D., Lecturer, Visiting of Middle East Studies Center, Religious Studies at Georgia State University
King, Joyce, Ph. D., Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University

Research Routines, Responsibilities and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), Funding to attend professional development sessions/coursework (e.g., conference travel, professional development session/coursework registration fee, application fee waiver, book purchase)

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

The Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Award recognizes a Georgia State faculty member who integrates current social issues into the curriculum to better engage students and help them expand their social, emotional and expressive capacities toward developing complex views of citizenship and self.

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Lecture Series allows professors to discuss methods and strategies to better integrate social justice into the Georgia State curriculum, resulting in a more diverse and inclusive education for one of the most diverse student populations in the country. Offering students, a more culturally responsive education increases the chances of student success.

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

The faculty members who participate in the Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Lecture Series are able critically reflect on themselves and the personal qualities that inform their teaching practice, gives an awareness of multicultural group dynamics, and allows students to effectively engage in social responsibility and be an active participant in the learning process.

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Specialized Pedagogical practices (e.g. multicultural teaching practices; usage of gender pronouns), Specialized Curricula/Workshops (e.g. training for participants, directors and/or faculty on imposter syndrome, implicit bias, microaggressions), Development of Academic Sense of Belongingness (e.g. Meetings with doctoral scholars, peer researchers, exchanges at academic conferences), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Academic recognition (i.e. research credibility, prestige), Knowledge transfer to the community (e.g., parents, peers, stakeholders)

Mentoring Components

Mentors provide support with academic or discipline specific knowledge through direct teaching, Mentors provide mentees with access to academic resources (e.g. precollegiate/collegiate/graduate/postdoc/ faculty training; standardized test preparation; writing workshops, research workshops, tenure and promotion information)

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

The Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Lecture Series provides a safe space where students, faculty, and staff learn how lecturers incorporate social justice into the curriculum, often highlighting the uniqueness and diversity found in the Georgia State community.

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

Site visit, Program survey(s)

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

attendance