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CSU, Fresno (Fresno, CA 93740-0001)
Vincent F. Biondo (Project Director: July 2013 to April 2017)

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Education Programs

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$99,991 (approved)
$96,139 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2016

The California Pluralism Project: A Digital Humanities Archive for Civility and Citizenship Education

A two-year project, comprised of a conference and online materials development activities, on the subject of religious and cultural pluralism in California.

The two-year "California Pluralism Project" will make religious literacy available to high school students and teachers to improve civility and college readiness. According to the Pew Forum, Hispanic students have the nation's lowest religious literacy and highest college drop out rate. In the nation's most diverse state, we learned from our initial 2010-2012 "Ethics, Religion and Civil Discourse" NEH project that religious literacy is necessary to support the First Amendment, civil society, and democratic participation. A Humanities curriculum that incorporates religious literacy in classrooms that are ethnically and religiously pluralistic will improve retention rates.