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AAC&U Issues Call for Proposals for New American Commitments Project

With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, AAC&U is accepting applications to a new American Commitments project, "Boundaries and Borderlands: The Search for Recognition and Community in America." Supported with grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Commitments has thus far involved more than 150 institutions and scores of faculty. The Hewlett Foundation is supporting the current project as part of its ongoing initiative, "Pluralism and Unity."

The centerpiece of the current project is a 10-day faculty and curriculum development institute to be held at Williams College, July 13–23, 2000. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in sustained study of the latest scholarship on diversity, examine curricular models being developed at institutions across the country, learn the latest research on the impact of diversity on student learning, and develop skills in fostering intergroup dialogue and learning.

The institute will also provide workshops on teaching techniques to enhance a climate of engagement, collaborative programming across academic and student affairs, and programs that engage students directly in the wider community. It will also include colloquia with nationally known speakers, an American Writers Series, a film series, and cultural events. The centerpiece of the institute will be a series of eight, three-hour seminars that examine such topics as:

  • Education: The Making of Citizens
  • The U.S. Democratic Experiment: Forging a Nation for Whom?
  • Difference and Democracy: Theoretical Frameworks
  • Race and Racialization: The Color of Democracy
  • Women, Democracy, and Citizenship
  • Immigration: Patterns, Politics, Experience
  • Religious Diversity and Freedom in a Liberal Democracy
  • The Limits and Promise of Community in a Multicultural America

"Respecting differences and valuing inclusion is at the heart of this initiative," says Hewlett Program Officer Raymond Bachetti. "AAC&U has taken the lead in making these twin goals national priorities for faculty capacity building and institutional renewal. Hewlett is proud to join their efforts with ours as we work to build campus leaders."

"Boundaries and Borderlands" will involve 200 faculty and staff from 40 colleges and universities. Applications are due December 1, 1999. Call for Proposals can be obtained from the AAC&U website (www.aacu-edu.org/Publications/download.html) or by calling Danny Teraguchi at 202/387-3760, ext 429.

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Resources From American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy, and Liberal Learning

American Commitments sponsors meetings, institutes and campus-based projects, and has produced many publications on campus diversity. To read more about these publications or about the project, visit DiversityWeb

Check Out These Selected Titles:

National Policy Reports

  • The Drama of Diversity and Democracy
  • Liberal Learning and the Arts of Connection for the New Academy
  • American Pluralism and the College Curriculum

    Research Overviews

  • Diversity Works: The Emerging Picture of How Students Benefit
  • Achieving Faculty Diversity: Debunking the Myths
  • Diversity in Higher Education: A Work in Progress

    Practical Guides

  • General Education and American Commitments: A National Report on Diversity Courses and Requirements
  • Diversity Blueprint: A Planning Manual

    Women of Color in the Academy

  • Asian Pacific American Women in the Academy
  • Black Women in Academe
  • Hispanic Women: Making Their Presence on Campus Less Tenuous

    To order, contact AAC&U publications desk,
    1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009;