Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, March 26, 2:00–5:00 p.m. 

Separate registration and fee required ($100 members; $150 non-members); seating will be limited, so register early.

WORKSHOP 1: Social Identity and Success: Exploring the Collegiate Experiences of LGBTQIA and Students of Color
Students who identify as LGBTQIA, Native American, Latino, Asian American, and African American (or a combination thereof) encounter both challenges to and opportunities for academic and social success on their campuses.  Multiple and intersecting social identities (e.g., socio-economic status, bi-racial, gender identity, gender expression) create learning environments filled with complexity, tension, advantages, and disadvantages.  Participants will explore theoretical and practical approaches to examining group identity, frameworks for understanding and promoting success in college, and the impact of social identities on success for LGBTQIA students, Native American students, and other students of color.  
Jesus Trevino, Associate Vice President for Diversity, University of South Dakota; Jason Murray, Director, Indian University of North America; and Rebecca Dolinsky, Program Manager and Research Analyst, AAC&U  

WORKSHOP 2: Making Excellence Inclusive through Design Thinking
Design thinking is a method of collaboration that is rooted in human empathy and driven by brainstorming innovative designs, which inspire powerful interactive behaviors to formulate solutions.  Design thinking is a high energy and rewarding process that, once learned, can be applied to all aspects of development within our institutions.  This workshop will focus on the basic stages of design thinking as applied to the conference theme of “Equity and High-Quality Learning for All Students.”  Multidisciplinary teams of workshop participants will determine learning outcomes/assignments that are inclusive for all students.  
Tracy L. Wacker, Director, Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan–Flint 

WORKSHOP 3: Leveraging Latin@ Student Strengths to Foster Student Success
Like so many other students from underserved and/or low-income backgrounds, Latino students have often been dismissed as “incapable of learning,” “not college material,” or “high risk.” Unfortunately, some educators and even students have internalized these damaging views, which have created a deficit-based educational discourse and the belief that little, or nothing, can be done to foster academic success for these students. This workshop will examine asset-based views that focus on students’ potential and strengths, while illuminating the academic, social, and cultural experiences that impact Latino@ college students’ performance and graduation. 
Laura I. Rendón, Professor and Co-Director, Center for Research and Policy in Education, The University of Texas at San Antonio; and Vijay Kanagala, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, The University of Vermont 

WORKSHOP 4: Accelerated Developmental Education: Deepening Learning, Increasing Student Success and Equity
Nationwide, colleges and universities are rethinking their approaches to addressing the high attrition among students placed into remedial or developmental courses and its disproportionate impact on under-represented students. This workshop will examine practices proven effective in supporting community college faculty to offer new accelerated pathways in English and math. A third party evaluation found that these pathways have produced “large and robust” increases in student completion of college-level English and math requirements, with improvements across all socioeconomic groups and placement levels. The session will feature class materials, video, and hands-on activities to illustrate the instructional design principles driving these gains.
Katie Hern, Director, California Acceleration Project and English Instructor, Chabot College

WORKSHOP 5: LEAPing for Inclusive Excellence and Student Success
This workshop is designed to assist campus teams in designing action plans that advance a LEAP framework for student and institutional success in the context of their campus cultures.  Campus teams will be provided with a replicable model for conducting an inclusive and collaborative process for successfully infusing LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes, high-impact educational practices, and inclusive excellence across all campus divisions.  Please note that this workshop is intended for campus teams of three, with representation from academic affairs, student affairs, and/or students.
Beverly A. Kopper, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Greg Cook, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Brent Bilodeau, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Khloe Andreoli, LEAP Student Intern, and Dejuan Washington, LEAP Student Participant—all of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater