Inclusive Excellence Program

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8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Provost Kvistad

8:45 Inclusive Excellence: Habits of Mind and Practice – An overview of the principles supporting inclusivity and the benefits of creating a classroom environment that invites every student to be an engaged learner. (Thomas Walker/Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave)

9:30 Seizing the Teachable Moment: Classroom Discussions with Potential (not Peril) — Managing classroom interactions to address issues of diversity and inclusion constructively. (Valentina Iturbe- LaGrave)

10:30 Break

10:45 Break-out Sessions

1)  Unpacking Relevant Diversity and Inclusion Topics: From Safe spaces, Trigger Warnings and Micro-Aggressions to Brave Spaces, Freedom of Speech and Micro-Affirmation – What it means, why it matters, and how it informs our practice. (Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave)

2)  Language and Culture in the Learning Environment: Enhancing educational experiences by integrating second language skills and supporting English language learners. (Alison Nishi & Matt Griffin)

3)  Diversify Your Course Readings – Tips for finding and selecting course materials from library resources that represent a range of identities, backgrounds, and viewpoints. (Carrie Forbes, Kate Crowe/Esther Gil)

4)  My Worldview, My Teaching – How can we ensure that our unique, individual perspectives don’t constrain our teaching or our students’ learning? (Debbie Mixon-Mitchell)

12:00 Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Dec. 5 Marybeth Gasman (U. of Pennsylvania) Dec. 13 Frank Tuitt (DU)

1:30 Break-out Sessions

5)  Universal Design for Learning: What It Is and Why It Matters – Designing courses for accessibility 
in ways that benefit every student, regardless of (dis)ability. (Jimmie Smith & Michele McCandless)

6)  Critical Self-assessments of Educational Equity – How our informal theories about students 
influence our approach to issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. (Christina Paguyo)

7)  Inclusive Group Work: Setting up and facilitating diverse student groups for successful outcomes. 
(Bridget Arend & Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave)

8)  Calling Out/Calling In: Responding with Compassion – Addressing remarks or acts that are (probably) unintentionally racist, sexist, (etc), even among colleagues. (Debbie Mixon-Mitchell)

2:45 Break

3:00 Syllabus Check-up — Hands-on review of how your course syllabus can reinforce inclusion and diversity. (OTL and Facilitators)

3:45 Closing Remarks

4:00 Adjourn

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