Integrating Multiculturalism into the Curriculum: From the Liberal Arts to the Sciences is a reader that introduces the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute, a successful multicultural curriculum transformation paradigm that is a model for colleges and universities across the country and abroad. Section One details the history of the effective implementation of the strategies at a university in Texas over the last seven years with emphasis on goals, pedagogical strategies, institutional support, and faculty recruitment. Section Two gives an in-depth look at a sampling of content units presented during the Institute. Section Three highlights faculty who attended Institute training and the resulting implementation of the strategies and student feedback. It also showcases a multicultural assessment instrument, a useful tool for determining if a course is multicultural. Section Four includes a variety of transformed courses from six colleges - Business, Fine Arts and Communication, Science, Applied Arts, Liberal Arts, and University College.
Sandra Mayo was the former Director of the Center of Diversity and Gender Studies and is the Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas State University. She chairs the Women and Gender Research Collaborative and is on the board of directors and the editorial board of the peer-reviewed online Journal of Research on Women and Gender, both under the auspices of the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies. She leads the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute and has presented multicultural curriculum transformation workshops at colleges and universities in the United States and in Africa. Her most recent publications include two edited books and numerous journal articles. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Texas chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education.
Patricia J. Larke is Professor of Education at Texas A&M University College Station. She has published many multicultural education articles in journals and has presented more than 200 papers at multicultural education and research conferences. She is coeditor of the Journal of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. From 2005 to 2010, she presented on culturally responsive teaching at the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute at Texas State University She is the former president of the Texas chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education, and currently serves on its board of directors. In 2010 she received the Texas Chapter National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Career Achievement Award.
It is rare to find a book written at the higher education level that so clearly integrates the theory of multicultural education with actual course development and teaching. Faculty in all disciplines will find this text immensely valuable in transforming their practice to meet the needs of a multicultural society.
--William A. Howe, Past President, National Association for Multicultural Education; Co-Author of Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action
This collection of chapters expands and enriches the discourse about teaching ethnically and culturally diverse issues and students. It exemplifies in practice some key theoretical ideas, such as multicultural education should be comprehensive, systemic, and transformative to be most effective. It places teaching and learning in many different disciplines in higher education at the center of multicultural education instead of the more common tendency to restrict this mandate to colleges of education and pre - K 12 curriculum. Compliments are due to this group of scholars, teachers, and authors for daring to do what many of their colleagues deny, avoid, or resist; for adding more weight to the credibility and viability of campus-wide, cross-discipline multicultural education in colleges and universities, and for opening pathways of transformative possibilities for others to pursue.
--Geneva Gay, University of Washington; Author of Culturally Responsive Teaching