Curricular Innovations: Introductory American Government Courses

Dr. José Villalobos, Dr. Todd Curry, and I are grateful to receive a UT System Curricular Innovation Grant to develop curricula for political science introductory courses. While our curricular innovation program focuses on introductory American Government and Politics courses, the program is designed to be adaptable for a variety of courses and flexible in terms of delivery format. We focus on four synergistic pillars, which can be integrated into courses through a variety of ways:

1) Community Engagement,

2) Empathetic and Ethical Leadership,

3) Antiracism, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE)

4) Politics and Policy in Action

In the spirit of community sharing and learning, I offer my work on the Empathetic and Ethical Leadership pillar and AIDE pillar. Each pillar includes a theory and rationale for the curricular innovation, learning outcomes, strategies and activities for implementation, and ideas for evaluation. These pillars are not prescribed best practices, but rather guiding practices that can be adapted and revised to fit institutional, instructor, and student needs.

Empathetic and Ethical Leadership



Antiracism, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE)

Theory and Rationale (uploaded soon)

Learning Outcomes (uploaded soon)

Implementation (uploaded soon)

Evaluation (uploaded soon)

UTEP CFLD Grab-N-Go Video: Antiracism and Inclusivity

Grab-N-Go Series:

Additional AIDE Resources

Decolonial Politics:

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA):

The Red Nation:

Project Implicit:

Zinn Education Project:

The 1619 Project:

The 400 Years Project:

The Race Institute:

Early Childhood Education Assembly:

Learning for Justice:;

Teaching LGBTQIA+ History:

Teachers as LGTBQIA+ Allies:

Supporting LGBTQIA Youth Resource List:

Teaching about Islamophobia:;

Teaching Immigration:;

Education Resources on Immigration:

Politics, Groups, and Identities (Academic Journal):

PS: Political Science & Politics (Academic Journal):

The Root:

Indian Country Today:

Stop AAPI Hate:

Black Lives Matter:

Native American Rights Fund:

Black in the Ivory:


Neurodiversity Hub:

Neurodiversity Network: