Diversity and inclusion task force announces faculty fellows

Salve Regina’s diversity and inclusion task force has announced its 2018-2019 faculty fellows: Dr. Craig Condella, Dr. Julie L’Europa, Dr. Christina Martin and Dr. Jeroen van den Hurk.

“The new fellows are teaching innovative coursework dedicated to the topic of race, infusing the undergraduate curriculum with courses dedicated to diversity and inclusion,” said Dr. Emily Colbert Cairns, a member of the task force. “In addition, they will be hosting workshops and an impact project to be developed as a cohort on Salve’s campus.”

Condella, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, is teaching University Seminar: Race and Sports in America. The course brings to light the issues of race in America within the setting of athletic competition.

L’Europa, an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, is teaching Interprofessional Perspectives in Health Care Delivery. The course demonstrates the importance of diversity and interdisciplinary collaboration in health care delivery with respect to social aspects of vulnerable populations.

Martin, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Education, is teaching Introduction to Race and Inequity. The course explores and analyzes the historical context of major issues, concerns and implications of the impacts that institutional racism has on education in America.

Van den Hurk, an assistant professor in the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program, is teaching Newport Through Its Architecture. The course highlights the architectural and material culture of African Americans and late 19 century immigrants.

Established in spring 2016, the task force seeks to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of Salve Regina’s academic offerings, and is working towards institutionalizing requirements for diversity.

One of the task force’s first initiatives, the diversity fellowship program supports new faculty fellows each year, each for a three-year appointment. The program’s purpose is twofold: It enables faculty to develop or revise courses with a primary focus on diversity, and it infuses the curriculum with coursework on the theory and practice of diversity.

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