Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Inclusive Practitioners Program, a continuing education and development program.

The program is founded on three overarching goals:

  • To provide ongoing opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in critical conversations about campus learning environments and how to intentionally structure those environments in ways that increase equity, inclusion, access and full participation.
  • To foster a community of engaged educators committed to creating and maintaining inclusive learning environments who embrace the opportunity to collectively explore ways to reduce barriers, to individually apply strategies for inclusion, and to process and debrief with colleagues the relative effectiveness and impact of varying approaches.
  • To positively impact the experience of students on campus by applying strategies for inclusion in ways that improve the actual and perceived campus climate across living and learning environments.

Overview and Structure

The program is designed to promote individual and collective learning, collective support and problem solving, and relationship building across disciplines and institutional divisions.

  • Faculty and staff who wish to participate in the Program agree to complete at least three workshops over the course of each academic year.
  • Faculty and staff will also be invited to attend one or more Practitioner Conversations during the academic year to discuss ways they are applying inclusive practices in their respective campus learning environments and to explore ways to address any challenges they are experiencing.
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Workshops for Spring 2021

Note: The Spring workshops will all be offered via zoom. You will be sent an Outlook calendar invitation for any workshop you register for. The zoom link and password will be included with the Outlook invitation.

Anti-Racism as Everyday Practice

Manifestations of Racism on Campus: Recognizing Microaggressions (part 1 of 2)

This 90-minute workshop will explore microaggressions and their impact on students, including common examples that faculty and staff should avoid.

Thursday, March 4 from 12:00-1:30 PM (ET)

Manifestations of Racism on Campus: Responding to Microaggressions (part 2 of 2)

This 90-minute workshop will explore strategies for engaging effectively when students make comments that cause harm, with a focus on helping students develop the capacity for critical self-reflection and perspective taking.

Tuesday, March 9 from 3:00-4:30 PM (ET)

Unpacking What’s Happening: Engaging with Call-Out Culture

This 90-minute workshop will explore the dynamics of call-out (or cancel) culture, including how those dynamics are influenced by who is calling out, who is being called out, and why. The workshop will also address ways to help students critically reflect on those dynamics and their impact and how to help students frame their engagement with others in ways that increase understanding while centering social justice.

Monday, March 15 from 2:00-3:30 PM (ET)

Who’s in the Room: Managing Power and Privilege Dynamics

This 90-minute workshop will explore the ways power and privilege manifest in interpersonal dynamics and how to increase students’ self-awareness of the way their behavior impacts others in order to promote greater equity, inclusion, access and full participation.

Tuesday, March 16 from 1:00-2:30 PM (ET)

Setting the Tone: Establishing Expectations for Learning Environments on Day 1

This 90-minute workshop will explore strategies for increasing clarity and transparency with respect to how students are expected to engage with each other in learning environments and the rationale behind those expectations with respect to student learning and campus climate.

Monday, April 5 from 3:00-4:30 PM (ET)

Framing Difficult Discussions: Acknowledging Impact, Using Trigger Warnings, and Fostering Engagement

This 90-minute workshop will explore strategies to foster engaged discussion related to difficult topics (such as systemic racism and violence) while being mindful of the impact those topics/discussions might have on students.

Tuesday, March 30 from 9:30-11:00 AM (ET)

Navigating Flash Points: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues in Response to Campus and Cultural Tensions

This 90-minute workshop will explore strategies for facilitating difficult dialogues when flash points arise due to campus events, cultural tensions, or critical national/international incidents.

Wednesday, March 31 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (ET)

A Critical Conversation about Students’ Perceptions of Classroom Climate and What that Means for Faculty

This 90-minute workshop will explore some of the factors that impact students’ perceptions of classroom climate, ways faculty can periodically assess how students are experiencing the class, and how intentional outreach and transparency can increase equity, inclusion, access and full participation.

Tuesday, April 6 from 12:30-2:00 PM (ET)

Practice Scenarios + Responses

These 90-minute skill-building sessions will each present a series of scenarios that faculty and staff will practice responding to in order to increase their capacity to recognize and respond to microaggressions. (Note: Each session will feature different scenarios, and the scenarios for the Spring sessions will be different from the ones included in the previous sessions. Faculty and staff are welcome to sign up for as many practice scenarios sessions as they want.)

Monday, March 22 from 3:30-5:00 PM (ET)
Monday, April 19 from 3:00-4:30 PM (ET)

Engaging and Supporting Diverse Communities

Rethinking Our Relationship to Disability 

This 90-minute workshop will explore the medical and social models of disability, how each model impacts policies and practices, and ways faculty and staff can reconceptualize disability in order to reduce barriers and increase access, equity, inclusion and full participation.

Thursday, April 22 from 1:30-3:00 PM (ET)

Supporting Religious Observance: Understanding Religious Holidays and What they Mean for When and How Students and Employees Participate on Campus 

This 60-minute workshop will explore major religious holidays, how they are observed, and what faculty, staff, and supervisors should be mindful of in terms of participation in the classroom and workplace.

Friday, March 26 from 2:00-3:00 PM (ET)

Knowing and Respecting Who’s in the Room: A Guide to Using Gender Pronouns 

This 90-minute workshop will explore gender, gender identity, gender expression, and how and why to use gender pronouns to increase equity and inclusion.

Wednesday, April 14 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (ET)

Inclusive Design for Learning

Best Practices for Administering Student Exams: Distraction-Reduced Spaces and Extended-Time Testing 

This 90-minute workshop will explore strategies to increase the accessibility of student exams with a focus on best practices related to distraction-reduced spaces and extended-time testing.

Tuesday, April 27 from 3:00-4:30 PM (ET)

Beyond Essays and Exams: Multimodal Approaches to Assessing Student Learning

This 90-minute workshop will explore the relationship between student learning outcomes and the tools faculty use to measure learning with a focus on utilizing a variety of approaches in order to assess outcomes and allow for learner variability.

Wednesday, May 5 from 1:00-2:30 PM (ET)

Practitioner Conversations

Practitioner Conversations are designed to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to discuss ways they are applying inclusive practices in their respective campus learning environments and to explore ways to address any challenges they are facing.

Thursday, March 11 from 12:30-1:30 PM (ET)
Tuesday, April 13 from 12:30-1:30 PM (ET)

Registration

Click the button below to register for workshops. You will receive an Outlook invitation for the session(s) you register for. If you need to update your registration for a session at any point, you can do so by updating your Outlook calendar response.

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