Year 1, Seminar 3

Valuing and Working with Diversity in the University Setting


Seminar description:

The third seminar in the first year of the program addresses characteristics of diverse classrooms and in the university setting as a whole to better understand diversity of the campus population in the 21st century. Participants interact with guest speakers to obtain information on diversity demographics at universities and on the pedagogy of diversity.


8:30 – 8:50 am     Sign-in, nametags, continental breakfast, introductions

8:50 – 9:15 am     Overview/framing topics in Session 3

  • What does a diverse classroom look like?
  • What is the pedagogy of diversity?
  • Setting up groups for presentations


9:15 – 10:45 am   Campus Life and US Data on Diversity

Guest Speakers:

  • Tiffany Speaks, Senior Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sara Bendoraitis, Director , Programming , Outreach and Research


10:45 – 11:00 am  Coffee Break


11:00 – 12:15 pm  The Pedagogy of Diversity

Guest Speaker

  • Caleen Jennings, Professor of Theatre, Department of Performing Arts


12:30– 1:00 pm  Closing

Micro-teaching demonstrations: Given 6 groups (4 students in each), we ask each group to take 18-20 minutes (max) to cover both their presentation and the question/answer or open-floor discussion activities.

Parameters: pick 1, 2 or a small set of ideas that have been discussed over the year by different speakers in relation to a particular theme that your group has identified as a component of teaching excellence.

Debrief and group (6-8 groups) work (time permitting)


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