Research and Assessment

Pilot Study on the Effect of the University Race and Justice Course

(August 2021 - May 2023)

The pilot sections of the Race, Justice and Dialogue Course (RJDC) are supported by a research project spearheaded by Rachel Skrlac Lo, PhD (Education & Counseling), with Teresa Nance, PhD, Sheryl Perlmutter Bowen, PhD, and Edward Fierros, PhD, as Principal Co-Investigators. More basically, the research uses mixed methods to examine the development and evaluation of the Race, Justice & Dialogue Course.

Recent Presentations

Villanova faculty and staff have presented their RJDC-related research at several recent conferences, including:

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), 2023, Building the Airplane While Flying It: A University Pilots an Antiracist Course, Baltimore.  Sheryl Bowen, Terry Nance, Rachel Skrlac Lo, Ed Fierros, Hibba Abugideiri.

American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2023, Rising from Complacency: A Catholic University Response to Racism. Chicago. Rachel Skrlac Lo, Edward Fierros, Terry Nance, Sheryl Bowen.

National Difficult Dialogues Resource Center, 2023, Embedding Dialogue into an Antiracist Course: A New Model for Facilitated and Sustained Dialogue, San José, Alex Delboy Zenteno, Sheryl Bowen, Celina Alexander, Hibba Abugideiri, Terry Nance. 

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