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Cultural Competencies & the Art and Design Critique

Resources on theory and practice of studio and portfolio critiques.

What do I do in the classroom?

We encourage you to adopt the methods Janine de Novais taught in the 2017 LA+D faculty in-service day, about establishing a brave community and academic grouding.  Janine's slides are available for download and you can listen to her discuss her work on the This Anthro Life podcast!

What do I do with my curriculum?

Look at the rubric below, used in the LUCAD curriculum committee, and the original Diane Goodman materials it was adapted from.  Goodman explains the rubric/flowchart in her article Cultural Competency for Social Justice: A Framework for Student, Staff, Faculty, and Organizational Development.

Further reading, suggested by LUCAD faculty:


If you struggle to identify the role privilege plays in your life, or how it applies to artists, consider reading some of these books:

Will these conversations make students uncomfortable?

It's important to create a safe, supportive environment for your students, but in a way that teaches them how to have scholarly discourse rather than by suppressing their voice. Faculty also need tools to support their own academic freedom.  Other people in higher ed. struggle to find the right balance as well, as you can see in this Issues & Controversies page about Pros and Cons of political correctness/free speech in schools

Here are some recent articles on the topic, written by/for faculty:

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