Diversity and inclusion task force announces faculty fellows

Salve Regina’s diversity and inclusion task force has announced its 2017-2018 faculty fellows: Dr. Esther Alarcon Arana, Dr. Madeleine Esch, Jodie Goodnough and Dr. Tracy Pelkowski.

“The new fellows will be 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.”

  • Alarcon Arana, assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, is teaching Spanish Communications and Cultures.
  • Esch, associate professor in the Department of English and Communications, is teaching Exploring American Diversity Through Film and Television.
  • Goodnough, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History, is teaching Photography, Race and Activism.
  • Pelkowski, assistant professor in the Department of Education, is teaching Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Education through Culturally Responsive Framework.

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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