Fall 2020 Faculty Learning Communities

“Building Capacity to Foster Racial Justice”

This faculty learning community reflects an intention to cultivate a space where Bates instructors can discuss disciplinary approaches to problems of racism; consider developing individual and collective capacity to address racial inequity in their scholarship, teaching, and/or community engagements; and build new frameworks for nurturing racial justice in their work or community life. Introducing (or updating) Bates faculty to the range of purposeful, substantive efforts being undertaken to address racial inequities and foster racial justice in Maine is another vital goal of this initiative.

This faculty learning community is being facilitated by professor emeritx of Politics Leslie Hill, who is serving as Harward Center Faculty Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year, with a focus on centering racial justice in community-engaged work. As a faculty member in the Politics Department and the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Bates, professor Hill taught diverse courses at Bates, many of which addressed issues of racial and gender justice and several of which involved community-engaged learning.

This learning community has attracted an impressive group of early career faculty from across the college (Sociology, Chemistry, Biology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Hispanic Studies, Physics and Astronomy, History, Geology, Digital and Computational Studies, and Writing at Bates), all of whom are “graduates” of the Harward Center’s Publicly-Engaged Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community and who are now eager to explore potential partnerships with Maine-based organizations working to address racial inequities and promote racial justice.

“Laying A Foundation for Publicly-Engaged Pedagogy”

This faculty learning community invites new faculty members to become better acquainted with the Lewiston/Auburn community where Bates is located, with the College’s proud tradition of community-engaged learning and research, and with current work happening in the local and statewide communities to advance the common good and pursue social justice. It is facilitated by Harward Center staff members Darby Ray, Ellen Alcorn, and Sam Boss. Participants in Fall 2020 include faculty from Art and Visual Culture, Economics, English, Theater and Dance, Politics, Classical and Medieval Studies, Environmental Studies, and Psychology.