Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices
Phone: 303-871-4437
Email: Valentina.Iturbe-LaGrave@du.edu
Office: Anderson Academic Commons – 350M

I support DU faculty and staff with:

Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave

Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave

  • Recognizing and revising disparate expectations, inequitable course design elements, or stereotypical notions of students.
  • Creating lessons, courses and/or programs that are responsive to diversity.
  • Identifying and changing language and behaviors that may include some students and unintentionally exclude others.
  • Identifying and including scholarship and perspectives of underrepresented groups in their coursework.
  • Understanding, assessing and responding to the impact of implicit bias and microaggression in the learning environment.
  • Addressing specific instructional challenges related to intercultural communication, classroom management, issues of equity and privilege in the classroom, and related concerns.

 

My Background:

As Assistant Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices I collaborate with faculty to design and implement transformative learning environments that actively recognize, assess and address diversity in key aspects of course design, classroom management and assessment of teaching and learning. My goal is to help faculty rethink curricular and pedagogical frameworks in an inclusive way that fully supports students’ intersectional identities. By doing so, practices are aligned with institutional diversity and inclusivity goals to achieve equity and enact Inclusive Excellence.

I received my Ph.D. in 19th Century Latin American Literature and a Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Colorado Boulder. I am a reviewer for To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development and serve as co-chair of the communications subcommittee for the Graduate and Professional Student Development committee of the Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. I am also an active team member of the TED Open Translation Project.

Contact me for one-on-one consultations, if you’d like me to facilitate workshops in your academic department or to schedule a meeting to answer any questions, concerns or challenges regarding issues of diversity and inclusion in your classroom.

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