Workshops Spring 2019

Three workshop series are offered in spring 2019: Diversity in the Classroom, Diverse Faculty Career Discussions, and Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Faculty Affairs Workgroup


Diversity in the Classroom

Spring 2019

Designing Effective Courses for Diverse Learners

Thu, March 14, 12-1:30, Student Union, Sabino Room, Level 3, RSVP required

Presenters: Mascha Gemein, Office of Instruction & Assessment; Diedre Lamb, Disability Resources Center

Students from a wide range of backgrounds who have different learning preferences, languages, and disabilities are enrolling in the University in increasing numbers. Students from diverse backgrounds raise questions about cultural assumptions and modes of instruction that can help us expand our understanding of effective teaching. Universal design and backward design offer conceptual frameworks for making classes clearer, more accessible, and more flexible, while maintaining academic rigor and minimizing the need for individual accommodations.  Join us to discuss how you can design more inclusive courses and classrooms.


Reducing Unconscious Bias & Micro-Aggressions in the Classroom

Thu, March 21, 12-1:30, Student Union, Sabino Room, Level 3, RSVP required

Presenter: Laura Hunter, Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence

Given increasingly diverse classrooms, how can faculty and instructors reduce unconscious bias and micro-aggressions?  Unconscious bias is pervasive, with nearly all people displaying unintended biases towards certain groups.  After a brief introduction to the research, we will consider strategies for addressing students’ unconscious biases and micro-aggressions and offer teaching and assessment strategies that reduce the impact of our own unconscious biases. 


Microaffirmations for Student Success

Thu, March 28, 12-1:30, ENR2 Building, Room S107, RSVP required

Presenter: Cynthia Demetriou, Student Success and Retention Innovation   

American historian, playwright and social activist, Howard Zinn, wrote, “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people can transform the world.” The microaffirmations framework for student success contends that small acts, when multiplied by hundreds of people can transform a school. Learn how microaffirmations inform students' sense of belonging and advance student success, retention, and degree completion.


Serving Our International Students: Perspectives on Different Classroom Expectations

Thu, April 4, 12-1:30, Old Main, Silver and Sage Room, RSVP required

Presenters: Veronika Williams and Tahnee Bucher Barbosa da Silva, English as a Second Language

We will explore the pedagogical and cultural implications of the fact that the University now has more international students than ever.  This workshop will compare typical US classrooms to classrooms in other countries to help the audience understand the different approaches to education. Suggestions will be offered to bridge the gap between styles and build understanding between people to help classes run more smoothly.  These suggestions also help address differences in personality and learning style.


Earn a Leader in Classroom Diversity & Inclusion certificate by attending all four Diversity in the Classroom workshops!  Details:   

  • Upon successful attendance of all four workshops, attendees will earn a certificate delivered via email.
  • Attendees must RSVP prior to the event using the RSVP links. 
  • Attendees must be present for the entire workshop, signing both in and out.
  • Workshops do not qualify for academic credit.