Diversity and Social Justice 

September 2021

Dear DSJ Colleague,

Whether casually starting hallway conversations with our students or randomly running into each other and sharing exciting ideas, it is fair to say that being together on campus has its charm and is a healing process in its own ways. Yet through it all, we are reminded at every turn of the importance of our mission to center love and stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable in our community.

This monthly issue will continue providing a series of updates and opportunities for both students and educators. Feel free to forward this information as you see fit. More importantly, this space is yours.
We encourage you to contribute content whether by writing blogs, offering pedagogy tips and resources, sharing photos and experiences from your classrooms, or raising inquiries and new ideas.

If you know a colleague who is interested in exploring teaching or designing new DSJ courses, do not hesitate to connect them with me, invite them to subscribe to this newsletter, and attend our DSJ Hangouts. I am happy to meet, brainstorm and talk CAP and DSJ course development process. 

I hope your semester is off to a good start. Let us continue to collaborate, connect, actively care for our students, and practice wellbeing.

Feel free to connect if I can be of any support or assistance throughout the semester. 

Youssef Farhat
Diversity and Social Justice Coordinator
Common Academic Program | 

Inspire SPIRITS | An introspective, affirming tune that invites us to reconnect with self, community, and nature. | By Ariel Sim
2021 Early Launch Students Share Diversity and Social Justice Reflections  | Blog 

CAP is seeking stories to promote the exciting work taking place in and around the classroom, especially in DSJ courses. Feel free to pitch stories and share this opportunity with students. Blog Guidelines
DSJ Learning Assessment - Round 2

After a successful experience with the Diversity ILG Working Group last Spring, we offer a new opportunity to disseminate a student learning survey in your DSJ course this Fall. This is not a teaching evaluation rather a tool to explore how your students are engaging with DSJ learning. 

Complete Interest Form by October 1. 

Stay tuned for the Diversity ILG web release of our findings as well engagement opportunities! 

Fall 2021 CAP Events

DSJ Hangouts

Two sessions to bring DSJ educators together this semester for social, check-ins, and DSJ chats. 

Wednesday October 13, 2021 | 3-4 p.m.
Wednesday November 10, 2021 | 3-4 p.m.

Conversations will revolve around on Diversity ILG Working Group findings and reflections on DSJ Spring 2021 student learning assessment. 

Register and join us!
For Students

CAP is collaborating with SGA and University Advising Initiatives and Student Success to facilitate conversations. 

Tips for Navigating DegreeWorks:
Beyond Box Checking

October 26 | 7-8 p.m. via Zoom

An Inside Look Into YOUR 
Common Academic Program
November 16 | 7-8 p.m. via Zoom

See 1850 for more information about 
PATH eligible events. 

For Educators 

CAP 101 
Overview, Structure and Q&A. This conversation will be helpful for those who are new to CAP, as well as those who want a refresher. 

CAP 201 
Join the four CAP Coordinators to learn about their components and how they provide an essential foundation for undergrads, as well as how you can build upon this work in your own courses and other student learning experiences.  

Register for CAP 101 &/or CAP 201.
Minor in Disability Studies, New CAP Courses Highlight UD Curriculum Innovations for 2021-22 | Story by Shannon Miller 


Introducing OutMentors
Mentorship program for LGBTQ+ students
Be paired with a mentee or mentor to discuss vocation, learn about navigating careers authentically. Mentor App | Mentee App | Deadline September 30 | Qs to or 

Flyer Funder Applications Open 
Flyer Funder is the University’s official crowdfunding platform that showcases innovative projects seeking financial support.
The platform allows students, faculty and staff to tell their stories and accept donations online. 
Apply by September 22 to be featured on the platform from October 20 - November 19.

Vocation Mini-Grant Funding Available
The Vocation Implementation Team invites students, faculty and staff to apply for mini-grants up to $1,000 to support the design and development of programs, activities and events that offer students opportunities to explore, discern and act on their vocations.
Proposals are due September 24 for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 vocation programs, events or activities. 

Roesch Social Science Symposium
November 18, 4-8 p.m.
Kennedy Union &/or Zoom

This is an opportunity to showcase undergraduate and graduate student research in the social sciences. Proposals are due October 11.

Student Experiential Learning Fund (SELF)
Office of Experiential Learning has a new fund available - SELF to expand access to EL for students of all backgrounds and academic areas of study, particularly those who face financial barriers to participation. A limited number of stipends are available; applications accepted on a rolling basis. 

Spring 2022 LTC Studio Fellow for Innovation in Teaching
The LTC Studio is a laboratory for faculty to experiment with innovative teaching practices. Faculty who teach in this space will participate and help design a community of practice that supports and cultivates their goals for teaching and student learning.
Application Review begins on October 1.
Qs to

UD Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Fellows Program
Deadline: October 4
The Program is accepting proposals from full-time faculty and full-time staff with teaching responsibilities. A unique opportunity to design and implement a course that promotes the development of intercultural competence with an identified international partner during AY 22-23. 
Compensation: $500 in Summer 2022 following completion of sessions; $2,500 in Summer 2023 following implementation of projects. 

Info Session: September 22 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. LTC Team Space 020
Qs to


Related Links

Artwork used in this newsletter is a courtesy of FineActs; artists in order of appearance: 
Veronika Belcheva (The Answer), and Ivonne Navarro (We Make The Stars).

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Contact us

Michelle C. Pautz
Assistant Provost for CAP |

Judy Owen
CAP Coordinator | 

Youssef Farhat
CAP DSJ Coordinator |
Mailing Address
Common Academic Program
Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1302

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