Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

HHMI Faculty Learning Community Winter 2024

Black, brown, bruised book coverFaculty Learning Community Description

This year the Cal Poly HHMI team is offering a series of learning communities to learn about how we can evaluate inclusive teaching and how we might then use that evaluation in higher education (including in faculty promotion and tenure).

This winter, participants will read Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation (2020), by Ebony Emotola McGee. Participants will be provided with a copy of the book and will meet together to discuss the book and its application to Cal Poly, and produce artifacts to reflect our learning.

This faculty learning community invites new participants, as well as those who participated in fall 2023 when the learning community read selections from Intersectionality and Higher Education: Identity and Inequality on College Campuses (2019), edited by W. Carson Byrd, Rachelle J. Brunn-Bevel, Sarah M. Ovink. 

This faculty learning community is supported by Cal Poly’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence 3 grant. HHMI IE3’s initiative was formed to challenge U.S. colleges and universities to substantially and sustainably build capacity for belonging, especially for those who have been historically excluded from the sciences. Cal Poly applied for this funding to focus on how we evaluate effective inclusive teaching, and then use that evaluation in the rewards system for faculty including faculty recruitment, retention, promotion, and tenure.


Meetings will take place on Fridays from 9:10-10:30 am on:

  • January 26
  • February 9
  • March 1, 15

The meetings will be held in hybrid format with both Zoom and in-person options. 


A stipend of $500 will be available for faculty who are able to commit to completing the reading, attending the scheduled meetings, and producing a required artifact to demonstrate their learning. Faculty who are not able to earn a stipend are still invited to participate.

Before you register, please review the CTLT Stipend Policy to ensure you are eligible to receive a stipend for this workshop. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Macdonald at smacdo05@calpoly.edu.


Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest. 


Dr. Jane Lehr 

Dr. Camille O'Bryant

Dr. Christy Strand

Dr. Dawn Janke

Dr. Ben Lutz

Dr. Sarah Macdonald

Email Sarah at smacdo05@calpoly.edu with any questions. 



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