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Equity and Inclusion in the Curriculum: A look at Black History Month
Equity and Inclusion in the Curriculum: A look at Black History Month

This month, as our country celebrates Black History Month, we have an opportunity to extend our commitment to equity and inclusion through the academic lens.

At Stevens we focus on helping our students build empathy, global understanding, and acceptance of all beliefs and values. This month, as our country celebrates Black History Month, we have an opportunity to extend our commitment to equity and inclusion through an academic lens. Our curriculum focuses on integrating Black History from an empowered position of influence, impact, and significance as well as from a position of overcoming struggles, inequity and racism, both individual and systemic.

Here are some of the ways that faculty are integrating various topics into the curriculum to celebrate Black History:

* examining African American culture and writing stories about African American contributions

* discussing the movement of Black Latinos in the United States

* understanding the significance of the Black church in America

* reading excerpts from the Autobiography of Frederick Douglass and the work of Harriet Tubman as part of social studies projects

* writing postcards on Dr. Martin Luther King and planned visits to the Brooklyn Historical Society as part of a study of the Abolitionists Movement

* reading about Sojourner Truth

* studying former President Barack Obama and his contribution to history

Although this is a designated month to focus on Black History, it is our belief that historically marginalized groups of people should be integrated into the curriculum year-round, from a position of strength and influence as well as with a commitment to social justice, understanding and celebration. These are hallmarks of how we prepare students to live empathically and productively in a 21st century global world.