FLC: Improving Student Belonging

Underserved and marginalized students may face unique difficulties (isolation, marginalization, discrimination, racism, ableism) that cause them to change majors early in their time at UMKC, decide to transfer to another college or university or stop their postsecondary education altogether. This FLC will bring together faculty interested in exploring how to help students develop a sense of belonging in a class, major, and/or discipline. Academic disciplines are not value-neutral, cultural-free spaces. Faculty interested in connecting belonging and exploring the implications of structural racism for students, courses, and academic disciplines are welcome to select a diversity and inclusion focus. 

This FLC is also in search of a facilitator to help shape reading and the “give back” to the UMKC teaching community. If you would like to facilitate, logic in the application that will include two questions about being a facilitator.