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difficult conversations & practical solutions Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 12, from 12 to 1:30pm

Difficult Conversations and Practical Solutions 

This three-part fall program will focus on creating a space for faculty and staff to discuss issues dealing with racism, discrimination, and bias in the classroom. The series will be structured around alternating panel discussions followed by an action oriented spotlight session. The sessions will be moderated by Karen Patterson and John White, who will engage a group of faculty/staff in discussions about how to have difficult conversations with students and colleagues about anti-racist teaching and offer practical strategies to address these issues. The spotlight sessions will focus on a faculty, program, or department approach to anti-racist teaching. Our hope is that this fall programming will set the stage for continuing discussions, panels, and workshops focused on supporting faculty who want to integrate these conversations into the wider breadth of their teaching work.


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Event Dates and Zoom Links 

Thursday, Oct. 8 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 p.m.

(Format will brief panel discussion followed by open discussion) 
  • Zoom Information: 
  • Panelists: Drs. Rudy Jamison, Chau Kelly and Curtis Phills, 
  • Moderators: Drs. Karen Patterson and John White 
  • Speakers: Ms. Whitney Meyer and Drs. Linda Howell and Angela Mann 
  • Topics: Institutional and departmental struggles with antiracist and decolonization teaching and research, what does it mean to integrate anti-racism into curriculum and pedagogy

Thursday, Oct. 22 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 p.m.

(Format will be focused discussion around spotlighted faculty examples) 
  • Zoom Information: 
  • Speakers: Drs. Chau Kelly, Jenni Lieberman, Sophie Filibert, Parvez Ahmed and Linda Howell 
  • Moderators: Drs. Karen Patterson and John White 
  • Topic: Faculty members will share how they are integrating anti-racism into their teaching 

Thursday, Nov. 12 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 p.m. 

(Format will brief panel discussion followed by open discussion) 
  • Zoom Information:
  • Panelists: Drs. Parvez Ahmed, Christopher Janson and Jenni Lieberman 
  • Moderators: Drs. Karen Patterson and John White 
  • Topics:  Experiences and struggles when incorporating anti-racist content into courses, advice for next steps