Loyola Marymount University has received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education (award no. P116T220010) to fund "OER for Social Justice." The three partner academic libraries include those at Saint Mary’s College of California, Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco.

The project will recruit, train, and support 12 faculty teams to adapt or create open texts to support high enrollment courses at our four institutions. In addition to the disciplinary focus of the textbooks, faculty will be trained in ways to integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism (DEIA) into their open educational resources (OER) and supported by a dedicated OER librarian, an OER instructional designer, and campus library OER liaisons.   

The project addresses three goals: 

  • Goal 1: Eliminate or significantly reduce textbook costs for students in high-enrollment courses. 
  • Goal 2: Increase DEIA and social justice in high enrollment courses in the high-enrollment course materials through OER. 
  • Goal 3: Increase the capacity of interdisciplinary faculty to use and create OER.