The Differences That Bind Us: Diversity in Our Classrooms

deadline for submissions: 
March 10, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The Atrium/Ivy Tech Community College
contact email: 

There is a famous parable that goes something like this: When six blind people came across an elephant, they were curious to know more about it. Since they would not be able to see it, they decided to touch and feel it anyway.  "Hey, the elephant feels like a tree trunk” said the person who touched his leg. "Oh, no! it is like a rope," said the second one who touched the tail. "Oh, no! it is like a thick branch of a tree," said the one who touched the trunk of the elephant. "It is like a big hand fan" said the fourth person who touched the ear of the elephant. "It is like a huge wall," said the fifth person who touched the belly of the elephant. "It is like a solid pipe," said the sixth person who touched the tusk of the elephant. The fact was that the description given by each person was accurate, and yet it did not fully convey what an elephant could look like as a whole, unless all persons pooled their ideas together. The parable provides an apt analogy of our lives as global citizens, wherein our individual thoughts and actions play dynamic roles in the lives of the many, and where we, as a people, can thrive within the understanding, tolerance and acceptance of the many.

A key principle of global citizenry is recognizing the power of diversity. As educators and learners, we understand that “Students should develop a delicate balance of cultural, national, and global identifications” (Banks, 2004), if they are to succeed as individuals and global citizens. Thus, for the spring 2018 issue of the Atrium, we invite you to share with us your articles and stories on the topic of diversity and global citizenship. Talk to us about diversity related issues you or someone you know may have faced in your classrooms, any successful actions taken to mitigate issues, or any ideas used for making curriculum more diversity focused. For this issue, we also welcome faculty-student partnered essays to be included in a special section, the details of which are given at the end of this CFP.

We welcome innovative, creative and critical narrative essays, or research-based articles of 6,000 or less words, excluding the bibliography, written in APA 6 or MLA 8 style. Appropriate articles must demonstrate to readers the practical application of research and creative ideas!  Our goal is to share best practices with colleagues with the hope of making a difference in the lives of students and fellow-Faculty at colleges and universities around the world. We do not accept previously-published material. The Atrium has published consistently twice annually since 2010. To view our current and archived issues, please go to . To SUBMIT your article please email it to  Questions may be addressed to Papia Bawa, Managing Editor of The Atrium, at

The Atrium is not your run-of-the-mill academic journal! It is a unique, peer-reviewed, cross-disciplinary electronic journal that engages readers around the world. Articles are published from faculty at two- and four-year colleges who seek to share their best ideas. Articles are also listed through EBSCO on their searchable databases. Submission deadline for our spring 2018 issue is March 10, 2018.

Atrium Special Section: Student Writing Contest

We are starting new Special Section for spring 2018. For this section we invite student-Faculty collaborative submissions, which students have written for their course work or related to the course subject matter and Faculty have reviewed and helped improve. Essentially, the final work will be the fruit of the combined efforts of the teacher and the taught. Students must contact their Faculty or vice versa, if they find student work that they wish to submit to Atrium. Submissions displaying a high scholarly input, critical thinking and impeccable writing conventions are welcome. Three final submissions will be selected by the Atrium board for participation in a ‘best article’ contest. For this selection, the selected article’s will be de-identified and votes will be cast anonymously by reviewers. If there are ties, a random selection will be used to finalize the winner. This will be a great way to showcase student and Faculty collaboration, and could be a valuable inclusion in resumes/CVs.

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