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Curriculum and Research

Goal: Intentionally include diversity in curricular material and research objectives to reflect the diversity of global leaders and equip students to lead diverse organizations with confidence and humility.

Dashboard: View oversight, timelines, accountability and status of curriculum and research.

Led by: Trina Larsen Andras, PhD, assistant dean of DEI and Sustainability, professor of marketing

Strategies

Curriculum:

  • Help faculty incorporate assignments related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into coursework or make courses DEI friendly by developing a list of methods that instructors can draw from (e.g., examine a case study with a DEI theme, teach a DEI-related research paper, use diverse names in examples and assignments, and share syllabi with examples of DEI-related assignments).
  • Work with College and department curriculum committees to identify how DEI can be incorporated into more courses and include DEI-related learning objectives in select courses.
  • Incorporate DEI in the College Research and Curriculum Innovation (CRCI) Group so faculty and staff can request resources for new ideas.
  • Create incentives (e.g., recognition or reward) for faculty to build DEI into coursework.

DEI Course Requirements:

  • Add a diversity requirement to LeBow undergraduate degree programs. The Academic Programs Committee (APC) can determine which courses meet the requirement.
  • Create a new undergraduate interdisciplinary LeBow course (probably team-taught) with minimal or no prerequisites, which would be open to all Drexel students (Global and Cultural Competency).
  • Include DEI in CIVC 101 or UNIV 101. Encourage diversity in any groups in these early courses.

Research:

  • Develop an area of research dedicated to DEI issues within business. Infuse this research into the curriculum (how to be aware, lead and teach in that space when working or leading a group or organization).
  • Develop an internal role or unit that will lead this effort.
  • Foster a collaborative research model that involves both faculty and students.
  • Recruit diverse faculty applicants in this research area.

Dashboard: Integrate DEI Into Curriculum and Research

Dashboard Status Key
Emerging Progressing Completed
Recommendation Oversees Implementation Timeline Accountability Measure Status
Encourage faculty to incorporate DEI-related assignments into coursework or make courses DEI friendly. Develop a list of methods that instructors can draw from (e.g., examine a case study with a DEI theme, teach a DEI-related research paper, use names from a variety of countries in examples and assignments.)  Dean, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Programs, DEI Action Group Core  Fall 2021 and ongoing List of potential methods that instructors can draw from distributed to LeBow Academic Departments via DHs Completed
Work with department (or College) curriculum committees to incorporate DEI into more courses. Collect syllabi with examples of DEI-related assignments to track progress. Make examples available to other instructors. DEI-related learning objectives in some courses.  Dean, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Programs, DEI Action Group Core Winter 2021 and ongoing % of faculty who report DEI activity in their Teaching section of FARE and number of courses that are DEI designated by their department Emerging
Make DEI part of the College Research and Curriculum Innovation (CRCI) Group so faculty and staff can make the case for resources for new ideas. Incentives (e.g., recognition or reward) for faculty to build DEI into coursework. Create DEI awards. Dean, Vice Dean for Research & Strategic Partnerships Spring 2022 Dean charges CRCI to include DEI in the development of activities; ADR develops and announces awards for integrating DEI into coursework Completed
(1) Promote research dedicated to DEI issues within business; (2) Infuse this into the curriculum — how to be aware, lead and teach in that space when working or leading a group or organization; (3) Grassroots effort to develop an internal role or unit that will lead the charge in this area; (4) Foster a collaborative research model that would involve both faculty and students who are interested; (5) Attract diverse faculty applicants that are in this research space.  Vice Dean for Research and Strategic Partnerships Begin Spring 2021, Spring 2022 and ongoing Develop and award DEI mini grants for DEI research, workshop for faculty regarding infusing DEI research into the curriculum, internal role created to lead this area, number of diverse faculty applications received in this research space Emerging
Add a DEI requirement to LeBow undergraduate programs. Academic Programs Committee would oversee which courses meet the requirement Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Programs Spring 2022; Academic year 2022–23 Develop rubric to measure DEI in LeBow courses and APC apply to curriculum. Potential to distribute outside the college in the future so non-LeBow electives could satisfy the LeBow DEI requirement Progressing
Create a new undergraduate interdisciplinary LeBow course, probably team taught, with minimal or no prerequisites, open to all Drexel students (Global & Cultural Competency).  Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Programs Spring 2023 Pilot Special Topics course scheduled for academic year 2022-23 Emerging
Touch on DEI in CIVC 101 or UNIV 101 courses so that students see it at more than one place in their curriculum. Encourage diversity in any groups in these early courses. Associate Dean of Academic Program Administration Fall 2022 DEI content added to CIVC 101 or UNIV 101 for LeBow students Progressing

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Thank you for your interest in our DEI initiative and resources at Drexel LeBow. For more information and questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Trina Larsen Andras, PhD

Assistant Dean of DEI and Sustainability

(215) 895-4995

Gerri C. LeBow Hall 822