In 2018, the Associate Provost for Faculty Inclusion and Equity awarded seven grants to encourage faculty engagement and research in inclusion and equity. The awards were given in three categories: Course Revision Grants, Enrichment Grants, and Resource Grants. This past fall, those faculty members wrote reports on what they learned and accomplished with those awards.
Dr. Hak Joon Lee used the Faculty Enrichment Grant to participate in “The Southern Civil Rights Tour 2019” in the Summer of 2019. The tour covered several states and provided opportunities to learn from local historians in New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and Memphis. Dr. Lee wrote, “As I expected, the Tour gave me a deeper knowledge of the historical background and context of King’s ministry—a long history of racism in the South and constant African American struggles against it. In particular, the rich stories of local historians in New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and Memphis offered me invaluable opportunities to look into the complex, multifaceted, and obstinate nature of racism.”
Dr. Lee expects that this experience will translate into his classes, writing, “It will definitely enrich my teaching, ET543 (Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.) in particular, and my mentoring of the students at Fuller. I deeply appreciate Fuller’s commitment to racial justice and its support of the pedagogy through the Faculty Inclusion and Equity Grant.”
Dr. Anne Nolty used her grant to attend the III Congreso Iberoamericano de Neuropsicología in Cali, Colombia. Attending the conference contributed to Dr. Nolty’s work as a clinician. She wrote, “From the seminars and connections with professionals from other countries, I feel I am better equipped to serve clients and students at Fuller Psychological and Family Services. I’m inspired to seek out testing cases and stay abreast of the materials. Being at a conference in Spanish helped inform my professional vocabulary and general familiarity with speaking to professionals in our field, which helps shore up my language skills for working in Spanish with clinicians who are providing services in Spanish.”
Dr. Nolty intends to apply some of her insights in the classroom as well. She wrote, “The experience will also enrich my teaching of Neuropsychology I and II, as I find myself better equipped to articulate ways in which work done in Latin America illumines current perspectives in the field. This enhancement of my personal skill set should help me serve my students better, even with regard to other, non-Hispanic, cultural contexts.”