2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy: Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, March 22, 2018; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Separate registration and fee required ($125 members; $195 non-members); seating will be limited, so register early.

Workshop 1: More Than Words: Engaging in Strategic Visioning and Implementation of a University-Wide Inclusion Plan
When institutional change occurs, students, faculty, staff, and administrators respond in different ways.  Utah Valley University established the term Inclusive as one of four core themes and determined that campus-wide planning was necessary to solidify a commitment to inclusive excellence across campus. A large part of this plan has been to create a climate of community where all students, faculty, and staff feel valued and supported.  Presenters will share UVU’s Strategic Inclusion plan, the process of visioning, planning, implementing, and evaluating UVU’s efforts to become a more Inclusive institution and how new faculty/staff are encouraged to participate in the Inclusion efforts of the University. In the first three years of implementation, UVU has made meaningful progress on 31 of 36 action steps outlined in its Strategic Inclusion Plan and has invested over $3 million into the plan.  UVU has received six national awards since the implementation of the plan. Presenters will share strategies that were successful in this implementation and share suggestions for other institutions in creating campus-wide inclusion/diversity plans.  Participants will leave with concrete examples of each stage of creating an institutional plan and initial steps that they can take upon return to campus.  They will also discuss how higher education professionals can help students and one another navigate the current political and social climate.
Kyle Reyes, Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Education; Janet W. Colvin, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty Chair for Global and Intercultural Courses, Bryan Waite, Department Chair, Secondary Education, Director of Intercultural Academic Programming, and David Connelly, Department Chair, History and Political Science—all of Utah Valley University

Workshop 2: Making the Ideal a Reality: Faculty Strategies for Creating Inclusive Classrooms
Good teaching is inclusive teaching yet sometimes faculty need additional preparation to help them broaden their reach to all students. This workshop will address challenges that faculty face in creating inclusive classrooms and the principles and practices of dialogue that help faculty address these challenges. Participants will learn effective strategies for building inclusive classrooms from the creation of the syllabus and norm-setting to handling hot button issues as they arise. In a proactive and collaborative environment, they will share successful and less successful classroom experiences, learn about effective structures and pedagogies, and use case studies to better understand and develop practical approaches to inclusive classrooms.
Kelly Maxwell, Co-Director and Lecturer, The Program on Intergroup Relations—University of Michigan and Kathleen Wong (Lau), Chief Diversity Officer—San Jose State University

Workshop 3: Understanding and Undoing Implicit Bias: Valuing Student’s Cultural Wealth 
Matthew Van Cleave, Professor, Philosophy and Kali Majumda, Professor, Anthropology—both of Lansing Community College; and Richard Prystowsky, Independent Scholar

Workshop 4: Creating Campus-Community Experiences; Publicly Engaging Students in Issues that Matter   
Timothy K. Eatman, Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community and Associate Professor of Urban Education in the College of Arts and Sciences and Marta Elena Esquilin, Associate Dean, Honors Living-Learning Community, Assistant Professor, American Studies Program, and
National Lead Consultant, BOLD Women's Leadership Network—both of Rutgers University-Newark