FYLI Equity Academy
What is the FYLI Equity Academy?
The First Year Learning Initiative began in 2011 to ensure that evidence-based, best practices were integrated into and utilized in the courses most frequently taken by first and second-year students. Currently, there are 78 FYLI-certified courses represented annually by over 950 class sections. Approximately 98% of our first-year students enroll in at least one FYLI course a year.
The Equity Academy is an expansion of the FYLI Mission. Our goal is grafting equity of outcomes to the FYLI Principles. This project seeks to advance equity of outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and students of color by connecting faculty with development opportunities that promote inclusive, anti-racist pedagogy and resources to make inquiries into course completion. The Equity Academy is a recursive process of professional development, data-driven inquiries, pedagogy and course design evolution, and assessment of those evolutions all with a clear, intentional focus on advancing equity.
FYLI Equity Academy Overview:
The Academy participants will be made of 20 FYLI faculty across disciplines and four students. This project is a collaboration with AASCU, FYLI Equity Advisory Board, and Faculty Professional Development Program.
The Equity Academy will be a learning community on equity-mindedness, where faculty will make inquiries into their course data, and transform courses in a manner pursuant of equity of outcomes.
Equity Academy activities will include collaboration with outside Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultants, the use of Faculty-Student Equity Teams, and classroom observations during the fall of 2021. Faculty will then assess course transformation for equity gap closure with the support from Frontier Set.
The Equity Academy will be in three phases and begins May 2021.
Phase 1: Foundations of Equity-Mindedness (May 2021)
In this phase, working in cross-disciplinary teams Equity Academy participants will explore the foundations of equity-mindedness through anti-racist training, an exploration of higher education research on equity, understanding historical perspectives, and activities designed to challenge participants toward personal growth. Participants may be asked to attend one 2.5 hours of Courageous Conversations training outside of the prescribed times below.
The group will meet via NAUFlex on Wednesdays from 1 – 5 pm and Thursdays from 9 am – 4 pm on the following days:
May 12 & 13
May 19 & 20
May 26 & 27
Phase 2: Action an Inquiry (July 2021)
In this phase, participants begin to analyze their own class-level data, making inquiries into equity gaps of racially minoritized, first-generation, and economically vulnerable students. Participants will collaborate with national experts in the field to make sense of data in a way that leads to greater equity and justice. In the name of advancing and achieving equity, participants will consider and implement design transformations, classroom interventions, policy revisions, and other evidence-based approaches for the fall semester.
July 22 & 29 (9 – 4 pm)
Phase 3: Deep Inquiry and Action (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)
The final phase of EA extends throughout much of the fall semester. In this space, participants and student collaborators will complete classroom observations, review real-time student experience feedback, and explore ongoing adjustments for the fall semester. This phase will culminate in a data review and community event reflecting on the experience and honoring participants’ commitment to equity.
Faculty will be compensated with a $2,000 stipend prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Though payment will be received in August prior to Phase Three, participants are expected to honor their commitment to the EA through the fall semester in Phase Three.
If you are currently teaching a FYLI Course and would like to apply, watch for our application in the fall of 21.