CIC Announces Institutes on Diversity, Civility, Liberal Arts

​​​CIC is pleased to announce that the first of two Institutes on Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts will take place in June 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The four-day Institutes are intended for teams of faculty members and administrators from CIC member colleges and universities. The main goal is to deepen participants’ understanding of important scholarly works that can positively influence campus discussions of such issues as intolerance and inequality, histories of discrimination, and effective methods for achieving social and political change.

“Recent campus unrest over these issues has most often been addressed by a focus on students’ emotional responses,” or by the implementation of new institutional policies, explained CIC president Richard Ekman. By contrast, “these Institutes are designed to take advantage of the most precious resource our campuses have for understanding these often divisive phenomena—teaching and learning in the liberal arts.”

Beverly Daniel Tatum headshotBeverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College (GA) and a noted scholar of diversity in higher education, will direct the Institutes. Tatum, a licensed clinical psychologist as well as an experienced college leader, is author of the critically acclaimed book, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations about Race (soon to be released in a third and expanded edition).

Experts in the humanities and social sciences will lead sessions about key works and their application to current student concerns. And each team will develop specific plans to apply the content of the Institute to classrooms, advising and counseling services, and co-curricular activities at their own institutions.

Application guidelines will become available in fall 2017. The Institutes are generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.