Culturally Responsive Curriculum Development Institute

The Culturally Responsive Curriculum Development Institute (CRCDI) is a week-long, summer immersion focused on training and coaching faculty and instructors towards implementation of culturally responsive practices and pedagogy into existing courses of all modalities, including distance and online learning environments.

The institute will bring together faculty and instructors from across the university to thoughtfully redesign an existing course through workshops, discussions, and pedagogical practice. Redesigned courses will account for multiple learning environments and teaching modalities including, online, in-person, and hy-flex. Redesigned courses will also be informed by frameworks that guide practice at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). This institute is intended for 20-25 participants and we encourage clusters of faculty (3-4 people) from the same department to apply. Individual applications are required. 

All faculty are encouraged to apply, with the support of their Department Head. The course that will be redesigned must be on the schedule for AY2023-2024.

Eligibility and Compensation

Priority will be given to full-time faculty or instructors who have not already taught a course that includes content related to Hispanic / Latinx, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color), or under-represented communities, HSIs, or cultural responsiveness. Faculty members who complete the Curriculum Development Institute, including redesigning through a culturally responsive lens, will receive a $1000 stipend.

Important Dates

April 3, 2023 | Applications Due via Qualtrics | APPLY HERE

April 4-21, 2023 | Selection of Participants

April 28, 2023 | Notification of Participants

June 12-16, 2023 | Institute Dates | 9am – 3:00pm daily

We are planning for an in-person Institute and will continue to follow all University of Arizona, state, and CDC guidelines on gatherings. Should conditions not allow us to safely offer an in-person Institute, we will shift to a virtual option for participants.

Expectations of Faculty

  • Course must be scheduled during 2023-2024 academic year, with a draft syllabus prepared.
  • Prep work will include foundational readings on Hispanic Serving Institutions, culturally responsive frameworks, and preliminary gathering of discipline specific materials (articles, policy or research briefs, etc) that integrate content related to Hispanic / Latinx, TQ BIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and under-represented communities.
  • Faculty are expected to attend all five days of the Institute and a check-in meeting once per semester.
  • Faculty will benefit from interdisciplinary sharing and networking across academic units and academic content.

Collaborators and Supporters

  • Office of the Provost
  • Faculty Affairs
  • Native American Initiatives
  • Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives
  • Office of Instruction & Assessment
  • Center for University Education Scholarship

For More Information

Questions can be directed to Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development at


-Centering Minoritized Students' Academic Learning Through Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy handout – by Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya

The CRCDI is partially supported through UArizona’s Project CREAR. Project CREAR is 94.1% funded through the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program, Title III, Part F, for the amount of $4,989,496.00 across a five-year award period and 5.9% funded through the University of Arizona for the amount of $313,302 across a five-year period.