BIFFI’s “Black and Indigenous Studies certificate program” will provide a regional, national, and international model for pedagogical best practices and innovation in this emerging sub-field. The Black and Indigenous Certificate, funded by Mellon, will also complement, and expand the existing Indigenous Studies Interdisciplinary Doctoral (ISID) cluster and the Carter G. Woodson Center’s graduate certificate in African Studies. These programs working in collaboration will provide a truly interdisciplinary program across the curriculum (undergraduate, MA, Ph.D.) and various departments at UVA. Some immediate deliverables will include:
- Production of syllabi, curriculum, and pedagogical materials (podcasts, webinars, recordings).
- Two new courses (“Introduction to Black and Indigenous Studies, Black and Indigenous Feminisms) to be taught in years one and two.
- Creation of a scholarly network of scholars who co-author scholarship, develop models for pedagogical innovation, and advocate for institutional support of the sub field at their respective universities.
- The first Black and Indigenous Studies certificate program on the east coast.
The cohort of faculty who participate in the project will also be more prepared to advocate for critical hires in Black and Indigenous studies at the University of Virginia.