2019 Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute 6/2/2019 6/2/2019 6/2/20196/5/20196/5/20196/5/2019 Georgian Terrace Hotel Atlanta, GA

About the 2019 Institute

DCLA program logoThis Institute is intended to address major issues that drive unrest on today’s campus, including protests directed at public policy, social inequity, bias, and identity that sometimes become disruptive or even violent. While many institutions have responded with new institutional policies or an emphasis on calming students’ emotional responses, the Institute offers a very different approach: deepening students’ cognitive understanding of the issues by engaging with the best work of scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute draws on the most precious resources that independent colleges and universities have to understand human behavior: teaching, learning, and research in the liberal arts.

During the four-day Institute, teams of faculty members and administrators from CIC member institutions will come together with peers from other colleges and universities and a group of highly distinguished scholars to:

  • Explore significant trends that are reshaping the 21st-century campus, beginning with fundamental demographic changes.

  • Engage both classic and cutting-edge scholarship—in history, philosophy, psychology, religion, law, sociology, literature, and other disciplines—that can help frame discussions of controversial topics and equip participants to transform protests into teachable moments. Participants will learn what leading scholars in these disciplines consider to be basic understandings about race, gender, and other identities; historical interpretation and authority; social justice; social and political change; the hidden effects of stereotyping; inclusive pedagogy; and free speech issues.

  • Develop realistic plans to enable their institutions to strengthen diversity and civility on campus, both inside and outside the classroom.
Additional information about the Institute is available in the PDF Guidelines for ApplicantsOpens in new window. The application deadline has passed and selected institutions will be notified in January 2019.

View information about the 2018 Institute.
Diversity and civility are important on every campus. But college students don’t always know how to talk about issues that are painful or may make them angry—and sometimes both students and instructors need to know more about the context and history of potentially controversial and emotional topics.”—Beverly Daniel Tatum
Director, Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute
President Emerita, Spelman College

Who Should Participate

The Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute is intended for CIC member colleges and universities that have experienced episodes of student unrest, that might experience student protest, that have students who are concerned about issues of equity and social change, or that are facing the challenges of diversity and civility.

Thank you for an amazing conference...[and] an amazing opportunity.”
—Michael Nixon
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Andrews University

What to Expect

Twenty-five (25) campus teams will be selected through a competitive application process for the 2019 Institute. Each team will include two faculty members from the humanities or social sciences and two administrators. The instructors should be full-time, permanent members of the faculty who are known to be influential in shaping campus opinion and who will be expected to take a leading role in sharing the content of the Institute with their colleagues. One administrator should be the chief academic officer or other senior administrator in academic affairs. The second administrator should be someone who can take a lead role in bridging classroom and co-curricular activities. This could be the chief student affairs officer, chief diversity officer, mission officer, director of spiritual life or campus ministry, director of athletics, or others.

Please note that a significant quantity of reading will be required of each team member prior to the Institute (PDFsee the 2018 reading listOpens in new window). Each institution will be expected to develop a specific plan to apply the content of the Institute to the curriculum, advising and other student services, and co-curricular activities on its campus. A preliminary version of this plan is a necessary part of the application process.

Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, there will be no cost to Institute participants for lodging, books and materials, or most meals. In addition, CIC will provide each team with a stipend of up to $1,000 to offset some travel costs. The 2019 Institute will be held at the Georgian Terrace HotelOpens in new window in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 2–5, 2019.

We learned a great deal from our participation in the [2018] Institute that has helped us refine our action steps on diversity and inclusion. We are very grateful to CIC for the opportunity to participate.”
—Caroline J. Simon
Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University

Institute Faculty



  • Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Institute Director
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah
    Kwame Anthony Appiah
    New York University
  • David Blight
    David Blight
    Yale University
  • Geoffrey Cohen
    Geoffrey Cohen
    Stanford University
  • Kristie A. Ford
    Kristie A. Ford
    Skidmore College
  • Frederick M. Lawrence
    Frederick M. Lawrence
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • Roosevelt Montás
    Roosevelt Montás
    Columbia University
  • Julie J. Park
    Julie J. Park
    University of Maryland
  • Eboo Patel
    Eboo Patel
    Interfaith Youth Core
  • Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran
    Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran
    Kalamazoo College

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The application deadline is Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The selected institutions will be notified in January 2019.

Applications must be submitted online. Please download and read the PDF Guidelines for ApplicantsOpens in new window carefully before preparing an application, as the instructions here do not include all the considerations that applicants should keep in mind.

​Complete applications will include the following:

  1. A narrative statement of no more than six (6) pages that addresses:
    • specific challenges or opportunities on your campus related to diversity and civility that the Institute may help address;
    • previous or current efforts to support diversity and civility on campus;
    • a preliminary plan to apply the content of the Institute to the curriculum and co-curricular activities; and
    • the relevant experience and campus roles of the proposed team members. An important selection criterion is the likelihood that participating teams will apply what they learn at the Institute to effect positive change on campus.

  2. A brief biography of each team member.

  3. A letter of support from the institution’s president that affirms the institution’s commitment to key points that are detailed in the application.

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​CIC hosted a voluntary informational webinar for prospective applicants on Thursday, October 5, 2017. The webinar was designed for institutions that intend to submit an application, are considering an application, or just want to know more about the program. 

During the webinar, Institute director Beverly Daniel Tatum and the CIC program staff responded to questions about the goals and content of the Institute, the application guidelines, the selection criteria, and what will be expected from individuals and institutions that are selected to participate in the Institute.

PDFPresentation slidesOpens in new window and a recording of the webinarOpens in new window remain available.

Contact Information

​Questions regarding the Institute or application process should be directed to Philip M. Katz, CIC director of projects, at pkatz@cic.nche.edu or (202) 466-7230.