Project CHESS

Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student Success

Faculty Learning Communities

CHESS FLC Cohort 1-May 2019FLCworkgroup

The CIRCLE Collaborative brings together faculty learning communities (FLCs) from Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College to participate in a year-long professional development program that will provide them with the tools to redesign their courses to be more culturally relevant, responsive and sustaining.

Faculty participate in CIRCLE, a 20 person working group, to (re)design culturally responsive pedagogical techniques and introductory/gateway courses with high DFWI rates for historically marginalized students, which could impact retention rates of students.

College Deans from respective campuses will select faculty to participate in the FLC workshops, beginning with a 3-day facilitated workshop in May 2019. Participants will reconvene in January of the following year to discuss progress, share ideas, and participate in working groups. A completed course redesign is expected by the following May.

Faculty “alumni” of the FLCs will also lead additional groups of faculty from the same disciplines in forming course redesign circles focused on 100- and 200-level courses, particularly in English or Math.

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How to Participate

The application for the 2020-2021 cohort is now open to Cal Lutheran University and Moorpark College faculty. The application deadline is Monday, January 13, 2020.

Preferred applicants are full-time exempt status faculty teaching 100- and/or 200- level courses, particularly in English or Math. If you are an adjunct faculty interested in this program, please contact us PRIOR to submitting an application.

Program Dates

  • 3-Day Workshop: May 27-29, 2020
  • 1-Day Workshop: January 8, 2021
  • 3-Day Workshop June 2-4, 2021

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Please contact Menyon Abraham-Scott, Program Coordinator, at (805) 493-3792 or by email at with questions.