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FRIT Inclusive Practices Committee

The Inclusive Practices Committee was established in fall 2016 as the FRIT Diversity Committee by then co-chairs Todd Reeser and Lorraine Denman. Our standing committee (as required by our department's bylaws) consists of faculty, staff, and graduate students in the Department of French and Italian. Since its foundation, the committee has worked on various initiatives with the aim to promote equitable practices in our department and our curricula.

AY24 Co-chairs: Chiara Montera and Kaliane Ung
Graduate Students representatives: Dario Chimenti and Elsie Campbell
Members: Lorraine Denman, Chloé Hogg, Caitlin Dahl, and Spencer Fricard

Activities and Initiatives

Some examples of our activities and initiatives include:  

  • Revision of all syllabi to include comprehensive diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion statements [See here]  
  • Events with invited guest speakers such as Prof. Kris Knisley (U of Arizona) and Prof. Vera Gheno (Università degli Studi di Firenze) to talk about gender-inclusive language and language pedagogy; a screening of the film Mariannes Noires on Afro-French identity; a three-part series on Black Italian identity and the Black Lives Matter movement in Italy featuring filmmaker Fred Kuwornu, radio producer and podcaster Ngofeen Mputubwele, and rapper Amir Issaa  
  • Departmental discussions on various current issues, such as how to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, digital accessibility, and ungrading  
  • Workshops and book club events on pedagogy, teaching inclusively, and professional development for graduate student instructors  
  • Faculty participation on departmental hiring committees  
  • Consultations and discussions on including equitable practices in teaching