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School of Coastal Resilience

Community Partners

As we build the curriculum and experiences for the GSP pathways and establish community partners, we will use anti-racist and equity-based pedagogical and planning tools. In curriculum workshops for faculty, we will use the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) heuristic for assignment building. TILT explains the why and how of assignments to students by stating the learning purpose of the assignment, explaining the process of the assignments, and sharing and involving students in assessment criteria. Studies have shown TILT benefits historically underrepresented students who reported higher “academic self-confidence and responded more positively when instructors involved them in developing agendas for class meeting and activities” (Winklemes, 2016).

In establishing community partners, we have asked the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (Mr. Ball) and the Center for Continuing Education to develop an anti-racism training for the Leadership Team, faculty, and graduate students to give us a common language and concepts. The common language and concepts will help the Leadership Team, who come from diverse disciplines, to communicate and build just and equitable programming. As a Leadership Team, we have committed to anti-racism and equity by adopting the follow community engagement principles from Salem State University (2021):

  • Research and engagement will be responsive to needs identified by community partners rather than overdetermined by perspectives on what needs to be done or how it should be done that emerge from the university.
  • Research and engagement will work “with” a community, positioning community partners as equal partners in the intellectual project and rejects working “on” a community, including identifying research questions or problems to be solved, designing methods to analyze these questions or problems, and creating solutions.
  • Curriculum and experiences will repudiate ideologies of “white saviorism” or “charity” that position minoritized communities as in need of “saving” or “rescuing” by faculty and students within universities and prepares white students to enter and engage with communities without these mindsets.
  • Research, engagement, and curriculum modifications will highlight the wealth of knowledge communities of color possess about their own communities. (Adapted from the “Principles for Anti-Racist Community-Engagement Pedagogy)

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