The Interdisciplinary Development Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship invites applications from Deans, Associate Deans and Academic Leaders at Western University and its Affiliate Colleges to submit applications for our 2018 Winter School: Contexts of Indigenous Culture. The school will take place December 10 - 11 2018 and will involve cultural awareness activities, a community visit, and meaningful space for dialogue and relationship building among culturally knowledgeable trainers, local community members and winter school participants. Those interested should complete the form below by Friday October 19, 2018. Please note that we can accept only 40 participants. All applicants invited to attend the Winter School must commit to attend both days of the school.
Applied Indigenous Scholarship: Fostering Cultural Understanding
During consultation for Western University’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), its implementation forthcoming, the ISP Initiatives Committee undertook focus groups and sharing circles with various communities across campus. Despite the diversity of voices and perspectives represented in these meetings – undergraduate students, faculty, administrators – a key resonating message related to the significant need and desire for cultural competency training on campus. Many of our IDI’s activities currently respond to this request.
In Canada, there are but a handful of universities who have undertaken the supportive systemic and social or ideological changes needed to foster Indigenous scholarship in meaningful ways. Led by Western’s Indigenous scholars, our IDI commits to setting the foundation from which Western can become a global destination for Indigenous scholarship. To achieve this goal, we bring together a broad network of interdisciplinary scholars and support services who will draw from their skills, capabilities and passions to make Western a place that fosters and supports inclusion, teaching excellence and research innovation in Indigenous scholarship.