Diversity & Inclusion E-News: Faculty & Staff News


The Center for Scholarship and Research

“Behind from the Start: How America’s War on Poverty is Harming our Most Vulnerable Children”

Lenette Azzi-Lessing, Associate Professor, Social Work

Wednesday, February 8th

4:00-5:00 PM in Wolf Room 200, Wheelock College

Behind from the start

Lessing Book Celebration

The Center for Scholarship and Research is pleased to invite you to a reception celebrating the publication of “Behind from the Start: How America’s War on Poverty is Harming our Most Vulnerable Children” by Lenette Azzi-Lessing, Associate Professor in the Social Work Department. Refreshments will be served, and copies of Dr. Lessing’s book will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact Professor Janine Bempechat, jbempechat@wheelock.edu


Aspire Institute


The Aspire Institute, in collaboration with Wheelock faculty, have created and launched a professional development opportunity around the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion with the course “Culture, Self and Teaching” (CST). After positive feedback from teachers who participated in the course, exclaiming that “this should be a required course for all educators,” we have been diligent in creating a subsequent course called, “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy” (CRP). We are eager to launch it in the next academic year following CST. In the first course, participants will explore how their own cultural lenses influence teaching, planning and relationships with students.  The subsequent course, CRP, introduces participants to tenets of culturally responsive pedagogy, including culturally-grounded and student-centered curriculum and the development of a sociopolitical consciousness.

These courses are funded by the Kellogg Foundation. CST and CRP are courses that were designed specifically to look at the different ways in which we perceive the world and each other in relation to the academic achievement gap. In partnership with Boston Public Schools, we are currently working with the Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps to expand our offering to teachers across the district.

Invitation to Join Us
“Dear Wheelock Community,
In these early days of a new political era in the U.S. many of us, from diverse political backgrounds, are feeling worried.  Worried about the roll back of human rights, the status of refugees and asylum seekers, the education of our children, the environment, threats to social justice, etc.   Many across the Wheelock community are also asking how we can support one another and act collectively to amplify our voices during this critical time.  Should you be one of these people, several of us are working together with others across the city, state and country and we invite you to join us.
Please respond to this email (or be in contact with any one of us listed below) and we will add you to our growing list and send additional information. Your involvement can take as little or as much time as you want.  Please also note that this group is not sponsored by the College but represents individuals only.
Tina Durand
Grace Kim
Kathy McDonough
Sandy McEvoy
Irwin Nesoff
Susan Owusu
Jenne Powers
Willie Rodriguez

WheeBuild Community

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 9AM-9:00PM 

Sponsored by the Wheelock College Faculty Senate

On February 28, we will gather together to build and strengthen our Wheelock community. The day will include workshops, performances and community-wide activities. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.


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