Dr. Carolyn Theard-Griggs, Department Chair of Teaching, Learning, and Diversity, and Dr. Jamie A. Kowalczyk, Principal Program Leader of Curriculum and Instruction, were invited by Prof. Martin M. Miller, Assistant Professor of Education at Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) in Milwaukee, to be the main presenters at WLC’s Faculty In-service Day on May 23, 2017. Prof. Miller, also a graduate student of Concordia University Chicago, coordinated the event with his colleagues Dr. Allison Phillips and Dr. Rhoda Wolle.
Dr. Theard-Griggs and Dr. Kowalczyk spoke about “Diversity Across the Curriculum” as part of WLC’s college-wide focus on serving all of its students, both inside and outside of the classroom. Their talk explored the first steps educators can take to cultivate inclusive spaces, curriculum and practices. They discussed the importance of recognizing one’s own intersecting cultural identities in order to inspect how those identities inform practice and curriculum design. Dr. Theard-Griggs and Dr. Kowalczyk also led the WLC faculty in an exercise to explore how different contexts call upon particular parts of one's identities, followed by group work on self-evaluating courses in order to gauge where faculty members can grow in their culturally relevant teaching.
The event provided an opportunity for CUC and WLC faculty to come together and focus on connecting their common commitment to servant leadership and the importance of fostering a culture of care for all of our students.