Title: Hunter/BMCC Summer 2021 Faculty Seminar Series
Theme: Identity and Purpose: Integrating Student Lived Experiences in the Classroom
Hosted by the Hunter/BMCC Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Bridge Initiative
Participants who attend all sessions and complete a teaching innovation for a future course will receive a stipend of $500. This series will be held twice a year, in the Winter and Summer sessions, beginning January 2021.
This June, the Hunter/BMCC AANAPISI Bridge Initiative (ABI) invites Hunter and BMCC colleagues from all disciplines to participate in an online seminar series focusing on student experiences, as well as how we can thoughtfully integrate students’ racial/cultural experiences and educational motivations into our classrooms. Recent research has demonstrated the powerful connection between positive student outcomes (i.e. GPA, retention, and graduation times) and college teaching activities that connect to a student’s identity, race, and purpose. These activities and interventions are particularly important for high-need students – including first-generation college goers, BIPOC students, and students from immigrant and otherwise underserved communities.
In light of the recent rise in anti-Asian violence, we will begin by focusing on Asian American identities in the U.S., and connecting these identities to our students’ experiences in the classroom. The Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP) has developed a model centering Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) student identity and purpose. We will share information about this model throughout the seminar series. Through guided discussions, guest speakers, and breakout rooms, participants will learn, discuss, and reflect on their students’ learning experiences. As a final project, participants will apply what they learned by creating and sharing a teaching innovation (e.g. class activity, assignment/project, teaching tool, etc) for a course they plan to teach in fall 2021 or later. Program staff will be available to discuss various teaching tools to support participants’ projects as well.
Participants who attend all sessions and complete a teaching innovation for a future course will receive a stipend of $500. This series is held twice a year, in the Winter and Summer sessions, and sponsored by the Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP) and the AANAPISI Bridge Initiative (ABI) at BMCC.
Why should I participate?
The Hunter/BMCC Faculty Seminar Series offers busy faculty a jump-start in creating or re-creating activities and materials for future courses. More specifically, faculty will:
1) learn more about the backgrounds of students at their CUNY institution;
2) learn evidence-based teaching practices to support students of color;
3) practice new technology tools that improve learning outcomes and student engagement;
4) engage in professional development with their colleagues across disciplines and institutions.
When is it and how will it work?
The Seminar Series will meet entirely online for a total of six times. We will start with a kick-off and introduction and then gather on four Wednesdays in June. Session topics will include leading discussion on race and student experiences in the classroom, student mental health and wellness, and inclusive teaching practices. In between sessions, participants will have opportunities to engage with each other through an online discussion forum. We will then meet again during the fall semester for a reunion and check-in to share our projects and innovations. Details below.
- Wednesday, May 26, 1 – 2:30 pm: Kickoff and Introduction
- Wednesday, June 2, 1-3:30pm: Session 1
- Wednesday, June 9, 1-3:30pm: Session 2
- Wednesday, June 16, 1-3:30pm: Session 3
- Wednesday, June 23, 1-3:30pm: Session 4
- Late October/Early November, TBD: Mid-semester Reunion and Check-In
What am I expected to do?
Seminar Participants will be expected to:
- Identify and reflect on various student needs in the classroom, especially with respect to differences in racial and cultural experience, immigration stress, and financial need;
- Reflect on one’s own racial and cultural background, as it relates to one’s identity and purpose as an instructor;
- Create/Design one or more teaching interventions (e.g. class activity, assignment/project, teaching tool, etc) for a specified course that incorporates culturally relevant pedagogies and student racial/cultural identities;
- Participate in small-groups discussion, provide/receive feedback for incorporating student experiences into the classroom;
- Attend all 4 seminar sessions, an introductory Kick-Off Session in May, and a Reunion Session in October/November.
How do I apply?
If you are a full-time faculty or an adjunct faculty at Hunter College or Borough of Manhattan College, you are eligible to participate! You do not have to be assigned to teach in fall 2021, but you should plan to work on a course and teaching activities that you expect to teach at Hunter or BMCC in the future.
To apply, complete the form here: https://bit.ly/3dEaZec
The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 25th. We will accept up to 26 participants for this seminar and will keep a waitlist. We hope to create a cohort from a diversity of disciplines and a mix of part-time and full-time faculty. All applicants should demonstrate an interest in the themes of identity and race as they apply to teaching. We will be offering similar opportunities in the future as part of a 5-year grant.
Who is organizing the Hunter/BMCC Faculty Seminar Series?
This seminar series is part of the Hunter/BMCC Bridge Initiative (ABI), a collaborative program focused on high-need AAPI college students. The program is funded by a five-year U.S. Department of Education / Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) / Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Title III Part A Cooperative grant. This work builds from the Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP), a program also supported by AANAPISI grant funding. Our work conceptualizes the student experience as essentially motivated by personal identity, including racial and cultural identity, as well as students’ sense of purpose and meaning. The Hunter/BMCC Bridge Initiative seeks to foster a greater sense of belonging for the Hunter and BMCC AAPI student community, while increasing understanding of AAPI student needs amongst faculty and staff at both colleges.
The Seminar Series will be led by HCAP staff and members of BMCC’s Department of Ethnic and Race Studies (DERS) and Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CETLS) as well members of Hunter’s Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT).
Faculty Seminar Series Planning Committee
Soniya Munshi, Ethnic and Race Studies (BMCC) and ABI Co-coordinator
Marcia Liu, Asian American Studies (Hunter), HCAP Mental Health Specialist
Gina Cherry, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CETLS), BMCC
Paul McPherron, English (Hunter) and HCAP Co-PI