The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Center for Teaching Excellence to Advance Learning (CeTEAL) held the 2020 Inclusive Pedagogy and Leadership Workshop Tuesday, Jan. 7 and Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The workshop leader was Dena Samuels, Ph.D., author and expert in inclusive pedagogy, leadership and mindfulness. Thirty (30) spaces were available for each of the four (4) sessions:
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Session 1: The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Transforming Ourselves
In order to truly do the work of diversity, equity and inclusion, we must begin with ourselves. Using an eight-step process from The Culturally Inclusive Educator as a framework, we will critically examine our own biases and assumptions. We will discuss the many facets of identity and how we show up in different academic spaces. Additionally, we will consider how the expectations of different generations impact different social identities. This session is appropriate for faculty and instructional staff teaching credit-bearing courses during the 2019-2020 calendar year. Lunch is provided from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan 7, 1:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Session 2: The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Transforming the Classroom and Curriculum
As the landscape of higher education changes, we must be prepared to work with students and colleagues of diverse backgrounds. In this session we discuss how to build a culturally inclusive classroom and curriculum. We will ask ourselves a series of questions to find out where we are in the journey of making our teaching more inclusive to benefit student learning. This session is appropriate for faculty and instructional staff teaching credit-bearing courses during the 2019-2020 calendar year. Lunch is provided from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Session 3: Mindful Inclusive Leadership
This session takes a broad approach to the notion of leadership. This session will help you to consider how to be a leader for diversity, equity and inclusion whether you are one of two in a room or a leader of many. We will consider how important mindfulness is to the work of cultural inclusion and social justices. This session will also consider generational differences and their implications in organizations. This session is appropriate for all faculty and staff. Lunch is provided from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Session 4: Mindfulness as a Tool for Difficult Conversations: Beyond the Blame and Shame
This session will help you use mindfulness to engage across difference. You will learn how to unpack and deal with the challenging emotions and physical reactions that can be associated with the work of diversity, equity and inclusion. Sample exercises from The Mindfulness Effect will show you how a mindfulness practice can help us heal and empower us to move to action. This session is appropriate for all faculty and staff. Lunch is provided from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
AIM OF THE WORKSHOP
The Inclusive Pedagogy and Leadership Workshop will support participants’ efforts to examine their current teaching practices, infuse inclusive pedagogy into their teaching and integrate mindfulness as a tool for cultural inclusion. The workshop has the following goals:
- Give participants the opportunity to engage with complex issues of diversity, equity and inclusion
- Provide skills and tools to enhance courses and approaches to teaching that will engage all students in learning that is meaningful, relevant and accessible
- Give participants access to invited speaker Dena Samuels, an expert in inclusive pedagogy, leadership and mindfulness
- Provide opportunities for collaboration with colleagues across campus
The Inclusive Pedagogy and Leadership Workshop seeks to honor the experience of faculty and staff who have been doing the work of diversity, equity and inclusion through lived experience and classroom teaching, and those who are just beginning the journey. Sessions 1 and 2 are open to any faculty member, associated faculty and instructional staff teaching credit-bearing courses during the 2019-2020 calendar year. Faculty from all departments are encouraged to apply. Sessions 3 and 4 are open to all faculty and staff.
- Receive a copy of Dena Samuels' books The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Sessions 1 and 2) and The Mindfulness Effect: An Unexpected Path to Healing, Connection and Social Justice (Sessions 3 and 4).
- Attend lunch with Dena Samuels and Provost Daniel Ennis to position inclusive pedagogy within the broader vision of the university.
- Be invited to continue the conversation through the semester at Book Talks sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and CeTEAL.
- Receive a certificate from CeTEAL and ODI for document teaching effectiveness in the promotion and tenure process.
- Gain a community of colleagues with similar interests in inclusive pedagogy.