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Spotlight Your Strategies for Elevating DEI on Your Campus

2020 Washington Week - Call for DEI Stories

This year’s Capital Hill visits during Washington Week will feature AACTE’s DEI Handbook, which will include your strategies to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion within your institutions.

What might those strategies look like? We are glad you asked! While DEI may be a broad concept, we are most interested in learning about how you are supporting the recruitment and retention of students and faculty of color on your campus. We also want to know how you are supporting your faculty and staff to become culturally competent in their teaching, research, and in their community engagement.

Why should you submit your strategies? You are shaping the field! Your practices matter to your colleagues, to your peer institutions, and importantly to your Congressional leaders:

  • AACTE members want to learn from you.
  • Your peers want to develop their own strategies and build off of your models.
  • Your Congressional leaders need the evidence of your strategies to advocate for increased funding.

How do your strategies connect to creating a equity-minded, diverse, and inclusive campus environment? We know the diverse teachers have a positive significant academic and social-emotional impact on all students. We also know that diversifying your campus faculty by building culturally competent recruitment and retention strategies have a significantly positive impact on your student diversity.

  • If you have a TEACH Grant at your institution, tell us how that strategy is supporting the diversification of your candidates!
  • If you have a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant at your institution, tell us how that strategy is supporting the diversification of your candidates!

Or, share strategies like these with us:

  • If you are removing barriers for candidates to enter the profession
  • If you are supporting culturally competent faculty and staff recruitment
  • If you have developed a para-pro pipeline to encourage the diversifying the field
  • If you have a residency program that funds candidates in their field placements
  • If your faculty are encouraged to implement a social justice lens in their coursework
  • If you are creating opportunities for civic engagement to combat racism on your campus or in your community

Your stories matter to our policy makers! Remember that funding these strategies is based on the significant outcomes they have on our profession. We want to share your good work with Congressional leaders to ensure they are appropriating funds to the programs that matter most to our preparation programs.


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Jacqueline Rodriguez

Assistant Vice President, Programs & Professional Learning

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