Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows Orientation

The GIAT Fellows kicked off their year-long fellowship with an orientation workshop on August 4-5, 2016 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  1. This professional development program features a year-long exploration of Muslim cultures through music, dance, and dramatic performances during the 2016-17 Carolina Performing Arts season, integrated with readings, scholarship, discussion, and pedagogy. This project aims to deepen teachers’ understanding of global Islam through a cultural arts perspective while dispelling misconceptions and encouraging culturally responsible teaching in the K-12 classroom.
  2. Congratulations to the fifteen Global Islam & the Arts Teacher Fellows!!
  3. Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey is a program of Carolina Performing Arts that explores Sufism as a spiritual and cultural lens into Islam through the work of performers from four Muslim-majority nations outside the Arab world: Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Senegal. The objective is to raise awareness of the plurality of the Muslim identity and the link between local culture and religion.
  4. Sessions by Teaching Tolerance explored commonly held beliefs and biases that influence an educator’s ability to be responsive to religiously diverse students. Fellows learned skills for creating inclusive classroom culture and explored resources to uphold a shared commitment to religious freedom that contribute to a climate of understanding and respect among Americans of all faiths and none.
  5. This program is funded by the Warren A. Nord Endowment for Teachers, the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund (UNC Global and the College of Arts & Sciences), and the UNC Department of Religious Studies, with additional support from a Title VI Grant from the Department of Education.
  6. Learn more about the Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows Program by visiting .