Project CHESS

Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student Success

Faculty Learning Communities

CHESS FLC Cohort 1-May 2019FLCworkgroup

The Culturally Inclusive & Responsive Curricula for Learning Equity (CIRCLE) Collaborative brings together faculty learning communities (FLCs) from Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College to participate in a yearlong professional development program that provides the tools to redesign 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 can impact retention rates of students.

A review committee from respective campuses will select faculty to participate in the FLC workshops, beginning with a 3-day facilitated workshop in May 2020. 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 closed. Applicants for the 2020-2021 cohort will be notified of their acceptance the week of March 2, 2020. Thank you for your interest.

Preferred applicants are full-time exempt status faculty teaching 100- and/or 200- level courses, particularly in English or Math, and courses that are transferable from the community college.


Program Dates

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

If you are a Cal Lutheran faculty, please contact Menyon Abraham-Scott, Program Coordinator, at (805) 493-3792 or by email with questions.

If you are a Moorpark College faculty, please contact Eddie Beltran, Ed.D, at (805) 553-4759 or by email with questions.