DEI Grant Supports Faculty and Staff Projects

April 12, 2023

Associate Professor of Political Science Sara Angevine, Library Director David McCaslin, and Wardman Library staff were awarded a $4,000 grant from the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Innovative Initiatives of Whittier College to assist with attending the anti-racist pedagogy roundtable and panel and support the reparative cataloging project.

Angevine received full funding to attend the roundtable and panel at the Western Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco earlier this month. The conference featured cutting-edge workshops and roundtables in anti-racist pedagogy that she plans to apply to her courses in the fall.

Additionally, Angevine will be facilitating a POET Pedagogy workshop in fall 2023 to share what she learned and the resources and materials from this conference, which will be available via the DEI webpage located on the Center for Teaching & Learning website.

“Reparative cataloging (also known as conscious editing or inclusive description) is a remediation practice of removing metadata elements (in this case, subject headings) that exclude, silence, harm or mischaracterize marginalized people," McCaslin said. "In some cases, dated terms are enhanced with more appropriate or sensitive elements. The goal of this project is to fully engage into a reparative cataloging project."

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Innovative Initiatives grant awards funds up to $4,000 to faculty (or academic departments) engaged in equity justice projects that have a direct impact by bringing structural or systemic change to our curriculum and pedagogy.