Activating Possibilities for More Equitable Learning
Inclusive Teaching and Learning Spring Symposium
April 27-28, 2021
How can we use our learning environments as spaces of empowerment?
How does the campus climate impact our classrooms and curriculum?
How can we help students to create the campus climate they need to thrive?
Please join us on April 27-28 from 8:30-1:30 as we concentrate on these driving questions to explore possibilities of more equitable learning into our own learning environments. We will open with a Keynote presentation from Lydia X. Z. Brown, an advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer. Following the opening Keynote will be a series of roundtable-style sessions over the two-day event, which will conclude with a closing speaker (check back soon for updates!).
We hope you will join us for all or part of this event, and we would love to answer any questions you may have. Please register to receive session links for the program, as well as to request any accommodations. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Shavonne Coleman or Sarah Schoonhoven.
Lydia X. Z. Brown
BeVocal Collaboration 101: How to infuse bystander intervention into trainings that are specific to your needs
Sahtiya Hammell (BeVocal), Whitné Moussan (BeVocal), Tony Vo (Center for Asian American Studies)
Final Description Forthcoming
How can we improve UT’s campus climate through inclusive leadership?
Dr. Molly Hatcher (Faculty Innovation Center), Dr. Jen Moon (Molecular Biosciences)
This roundtable is a place to collectively explore models of leadership critical to healing institutional inequities. We invite UT instructors, staff, and students to explore leadership strategies that promote equity, mindfulness, courage, creativity, and compassion. Participants will self-reflect on their own leadership styles and approaches, build community with peers in leadership roles by sharing resources and experiences, and set goals for personal growth. We will collectively chart a forward-looking path that creatively responds to the need for models of compassionate, introspective, courageous leadership in higher education that are conscious and intentional, make visible and address inequalities and marginalizations, reduce reactivity and increase mindfulness, are attuned to peoples’ needs and contexts, and encourage creativity and resourcefulness within scarcity. Finally, we will reflect upon how these leadership dispositions can contribute to an overall shift in campus climate that will enhance student learning.
DEI Education Inside and Outside the Classroom: Antiracism, Bias Busters, Courageous Conversations and Difficult Dialogues
Paige Schilt (Sanger Learning Center), Nisha Abraham (Sanger Learning Center)
When it comes to DEI initiatives, there are many different audiences and approaches, and each has its own goals and assumptions. In this session, we invite faculty and staff who have been implementing DEI education inside or outside the classroom, such as trainings, workshops, course-based initiatives, curriculum redesign, etc. As a group, we will articulate the goals and assumptions of our initiatives and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. Our goal will be to collaboratively generate a matrix of approaches with information and suggestions for using each one.
ConversASIAN: Unpacking the Asian Identities Together
Quỳnh-Hương N. Nguyễn (Gender & Sexuality Center)
Participants can expect to talk about what are some skills and actions participants can take to continue their advocacy to create change and inclusive space for the Asian community. We will be focusing on discussing different and difficult topics, challenges, and experiences related to the Asian diaspora. It is important to note that this presentation will help start the conversation on how to advocate and unlearn messaging and stereotypes about the API community. We will tackle how the model minority has been socialized withing and outside of the Asian community.
Final Details Announced Soon
This semester's symposium is co-sponsored by the Faculty Innovation Center, the College of Natural Sciences, the Gender and Sexuality Center, Well-being in Learning Environments, LGBTQ Studies, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and Services for Students with Disabilities.