COLLEGEVILLE PA – A team from Maryland’s Washington College is on the Ursinus College campus, Main Street, Collegeville PA, through today (Nov. 6, 2009) to take stock of Ursinus’ campus diversity initiatives.

The project is being underwritten by a $300,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation of New York, which is paying Ursinus and four other liberal arts colleges to examine the impact of diversity on student engagement and learning, according to the college press office. Included in the study, besides Ursinus, are Washington, Goucher, and McDaniel colleges, all in Maryland; and Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania.

The multi-year project uses campus teams to look at current diversity and suggest potential changes to the college curriculum and students’ daily lives.

The Washington College team is meeting with 11 focus groups. They include first year students, members of student organizations, juniors and seniors, tenured faculty, Resident Assistants, Athletics staff, tenure-track faculty, student members of diversity organization, Student Life staffers, and faculty members who teach diversity or global courses.