Two faculty members honored for advancing
multiculturalism at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 5, 1999 -- Two University of Rhode Island faculty
members Drs. Bette Erickson and Paul de Mesquita, both of Kingston received
acknowledgment for advancing multiculturalism at the University of Rhode
Erickson was praised for conceiving, conducting and developing the URI
Multicultural Center Faculty Fellows Program, a support group of 25 faculty
and a handful of students and staff who meet regularly to discuss classroom
teaching, their interactions with diverse students, and service or research
projects with diverse faculty and staff. The assistant director of the Instructional
Development Program, Erickson has been active on the Multicultural Center
Advisory Committee, the Faculty of Color and Friends, and the Diversity
Week planning committee. Her research interests include faculty development
and adjustment of students to college.
de Mesquita was cited for service coordinating Diversity Week, a week-long
program of workshops, videos, a keynote address, a poetry slam, and a Graffiti
Wall, intended to acknowledge and celebrate the full gamut of multiculturalism.
An associate professor in URI,s Psychology Department, de Mesquita has been
active on the Multicultural Center advisory committee and the Faculty of
Color and Friends. In addition, he is a Multicultural Center Faculty Fellow.
His research interests include education reform.
The purpose of the diversity awards is to acknowledge and celebrate those
who work with diverse and underrepresented populations in the interests
in building a more diverse, just and equitable campus community at URI.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116