The HHMI LINC Initiative (Learning through Inclusive Collaboration) seeks to unlock the powerful synergy of intellectual and social inclusivity in the classroom to drive innovation at Emory University.



Applications are due by 5:00pm on April 23, 2021.

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Read a list of frequently asked questions and access a recording of the April 5 information session.

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Contact Dr. Robyn Fivush, Director of the ILA, if you have any questions.

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LINC Example

Two faculty have LINC-ed their fall 2021 courses with three points of intersection.

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The HHMI LINC initiative (Learning through Inclusive Collaboration) seeks to unlock the powerful synergy of intellectual and social inclusivity in the classroom to drive innovation at Emory University. We see interdisciplinary work as a fundamental form of intellectual inclusivity. Working across and between disciplines offers a multiplicity of points of entry, maximizing participants’ ability to find and express their perspectives and interests. We see broad participation and engagement, by both students and faculty, as a key measure of social inclusivity. We propose that intellectual inclusivity, expressed through path breaking interdisciplinary practice, promotes social inclusivity by facilitating and attracting the participation of people from a wide range of identities, perspectives, and approaches. Through LINC courses that leverage existing courses to create points of intersection, we will assess whether intellectual inclusivity promotes social inclusivity and fosters innovation.


A timeline graphic showing the application deadline in April 2021 to the course assessment in spring 2022

The LINC Workshop and LINC Courses

As a key component of achieving this vision, we are offering a workshop on “Learning through Inclusive Collaboration” that will lead directly to faculty teaching a paired LINC (Learning through Inclusive Collaboration) course in the 2021-2022 AY.

Day 1: August 12Day 2: August 13Day 3: August 16
What is interdisciplinarity?Finding Common GroundInclusive Pedagogy
What do we mean by inclusive
excellence/full participation?
Developing the LINC activitiesProposals and Reflections

The workshop will leverage existing course offerings by preparing faculty pairs from different disciplines to create points of intersection, or links, between the two courses that encourage a diverse range of perspectives and thus lead to a more inclusive classroom. Each course will remain independently taught through the home department, but each faculty member will revise their syllabus to be more interdisciplinary and inclusive, and to include several points of convergence with their partner LINC course, such as common readings, presentations, projects, etc., on which faculty and students in both classes will cooperate/coordinate. 

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A LINC example

A venn diagram depicting where the example courses will collaborate

Professor Chris Eagle in the Public Health Department plans to teach an upper level seminar entitled: War & Trauma. The course covers cultural and clinical ideas about war and trauma from WWI to the present, and reflects on how different forms of evidence (i.e, fiction, poetry, testimonials, theoretical essays, and clinical case-studies) can reveal different facets of the traumatic experience.

Professor Andy Kazama in the Psychology Department plans to teach an upper level seminar entitled: The Neurobiology of PTSD. The course covers various neurobiological aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder using peer-reviewed articles drawn from a wide variety of biomedical fields (i.e., genetics, hormones, brain structures, and current treatment approaches to the disorder).

Drawing from their respective backgrounds in Literature and Neuroscience, Professors Eagle and Kazama have LINC-ed their courses with three points of intersection distributed at the beginning, middle and end of the semester. They will assign the same readings and host combined class discussion sessions highlighting the importance of interdisciplinarity and the advantages of drawing on diverse ideas to spark innovation and gain a fuller understanding of traumatic experiences.

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