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    Introduction

    Infusing multicultural content into courses and curricula presents an important challenge for college and university campuses across the U.S. All students benefit from exposure to diverse cultures and perspectives, while those from traditionally underrepresented groups are supported when their special needs and contributions are recognized. This section provides resources for designing curricula, programs, and courses that incorporate multicultural content and acknowledge diverse student populations. The first few links deal with curriculum transformation; the following links focus on course content and syllabi.

     

    General Resources

    Multicultural Curriculum Transformation (Northern Illinois University)
    Definitions, rationale, and phases involved in transforming a curriculum to be “genuinely inclusive of all people.”
    http://www.niu.edu/mct/about/index.shtml

    “Effective Multicultural Curriculum Transformation in “Advanced” Mathematics and “Hard” Sciences,” Christine Clark (University of Maryland, College Park).
    Discusses the need for a multicultural curriculum in math and science, and gives examples of how this is being done in both pedagogy and content. Includes bibliography.
    http://www.diversityweb.org/Digest/fw02/mathscience.html

    Diversity Digest, Fall/Winter 2002: Curriculum Transformation.
    Online articles in this focused issue of Diversity Digest explore changes in curriculum and course content at several universities that infuse diversity throughout the curriculum or the general education program.
    http://www.diversityweb.org/Digest/archives.html

    Center for Curriculum Transformation (University of Washington, College of Arts and Sciences).
    Dedicated to helping faculty develop courses and curricula that include the study of diverse populations and cultures, this site provides guidelines for course transformation and for departmental review of diversity issues in their curriculum.
    http://depts.washington.edu/ctcenter

    Multicultural Teaching & Learning Resources (University of Minnesota, Center for Teaching and Learning).
    This inclusive site offers a wide array of online materials and links to relevant sites for understanding and dealing effectively with diversity in the classroom and throughout campus.  Includes materials on designing courses that honor diversity and provide multicultural content.
    http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/resources/multicultural/index.html

    Student Diversity-Teaching Culturally Diverse Classrooms.
    This webpage links to resources on a range of diversity issues including guiding principles for advancing diversity on college campuses; support for lesbians and gay men, minority students, and women; and an extensive set of links to resources for teaching students with disabilities.
    http://www.cfans.umn.edu/diversity/web%20text/How%20to%20Teach%20to%20a%20Diverse%20Audience.pdf

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    Michigan State University Resources

    Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatves
    http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/

    Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
    http://www.rcpd.msu.edu/Home

    Web Accessibility
    http://webaccess.msu.edu/

    Office of Accessibility and Usability
    http://usability.msu.edu/

    Women's Resource Center
    http://wrc.msu.edu/

    Office of Study Abroad
    http://studyabroad.isp.msu.edu/

    Office of International Studies and Programs
    http://www.isp.msu.edu/

    Library Electronic Resources: Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies
    http://er.lib.msu.edu/subject.cfm?cat=0&type=All&Subject=Ethnic%20Studies
    http://er.lib.msu.edu/subject.cfm?cat=0&type=All&Subject=Gender%20Studies

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