In spring 2002, Penn State received a two-year grant from the AT&T Foundation for the Multicultural Enhanced Learning for Diversity (MELD) project. The goal of the project is to help faculty incorporate concepts of pluralism and inclusiveness into their courses by tapping into resources contributed by their colleagues.
MELD will provide the framework for a digital library of information, materials, examples, and resources on diversity that can be used by faculty across all Penn State campuses and academic disciplines.
This endeavor will augment the University's drive for diversity awareness, particularly among new undergraduate students, and help meet a Faculty Senate mandate for a greater focus on international and multicultural understanding at Penn State.
MELD is managed by Education Technology Services (ETS), part of Teaching and Learning with Technology, a unit of Information Technology Services.
During the 2002-2003 academic year, ETS will consult faculty focus groups for expertise and content, then create a pool of online resources, including:
ETS will continue to seek the valuable contributions of faculty to enhance and update this storehouse of materials. It is hoped that these in turn will inspire further sharing of ideas.
During the 2003-2004 academic year, ETS will develop and deliver a tutorial for faculty on how to use the resources to create an inclusive classroom climate. The tutorial will be offered both face-to-face and online, supported by listserv discussions.
In early 2004, ETS will plan and host a conference on diversity-enhanced curricula for universities belonging to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago.