Diversity, Learning, and Student Success 2017: Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, March 16, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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

WK1: Unlikely Allies – How the Growth of Inclusive Excellence at a Military Academy Can Inform your Campus Inclusion Efforts
In diverse organizations, the voices of some can be drowned out by louder voices in other communities. On many college campuses, biased institutional practices and long-standing traditions can further silence voices. Colonel Packard will share stories of how marginalized communities have found a louder voice in a traditional, hierarchical organization.  Drawing on his experiences with religious respect, sexual assault prevention, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal, and transgender military service changes, he will assist participants in developing a climate that supports success for all students. Participants will explore theoretical perspectives and lessons learned from his experiences that can translate into effective practices for institutional change and inclusive excellence at their campuses.  Participants will leave with actionable ideas they can take with them to be catalysts for transformative and social change at their institutions.
Gary A. Packard, Jr., Colonel and Vice Dean, United States Air Force Academy
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the policy of the United States Air Force Academy or any other government agency.

WK2: Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces: Generative or Disruptive? 
Open inquiry is fundamental to liberal education and inclusive excellence. Are trigger warnings generative or limiting to this basic philosophy? Using case studies and other activities to identify the situated context in which conversations about trigger warnings occur, participants will examine the multiple and highly politicized contestations generated by this topic. Participants will explore diverse perspectives to recognize the complexity of these matters and clarify points of view. They will share practical advice for how to align these perspectives with suggestions for designing syllabi, managing classroom dialogue, and engaging students on critical issues so that they may develop their own voices and achieve their highest educational goals. 
Gertrude Fraser, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Principal Investigator, NSF ADVANCE Program, University of Virginia; and Patricia Lowrie, Senior Consultant Emeritus, Michigan State University and Senior Fellow, AAC&U  

WK3: Initiating, Leading and Sustaining Campus Social Change Efforts
The desire for change in higher education related to diversity and social justice is decades old, yet despite serious efforts, progress for many campuses remains tenuous, if not elusive. One reason for this partial success is that many of our change interventions target individual attitudes and behaviors instead of the systemic organizational cultures where those behaviors reside. Building on their own experiences with change in higher education, participants in this workshop will learn several empirically based frameworks and strategies for initiating and sustaining diversity-related organizational transformation. Particular emphasis will be placed on offering attendees a concrete blueprint for creating change that can be adapted to their own unique institutional contexts. Participants will also be asked to bring a diversity-related institutional challenge to the session as a way of developing an action plan for moving their organizations forward.
Frank D. Golom, Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology, Loyola University Maryland

WK4: LEAPing for Transformative Change and Student Success
This workshop will assist campuses in designing action plans that advance a framework for student and institutional success in the context of their campus cultures, based on the principles articulated through AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. Participants will be provided with a replicable model for conducting an inclusive and collaborative process for successfully infusing and assessing LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes, high-impact educational practices, and inclusive excellence across all campus divisions. This approach harnesses the collective voices of students, faculty, and staff as catalysts for transformative campus and social change. Participants at all levels of LEAP work are welcome as this session will address questions such as "We have endorsed LEAP—now what?" or "How do we implement LEAP?" or "How do we take our LEAP work to the next level?" 
Beverly A. Kopper, Chancellor and Greg Cook, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs—both of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

WK5: Advancing Equality, Justice, and Inclusion; Healing Our Divided Nation
This workshop will show segments of America Divided, an eight-story, five-part documentary that presents interwoven narratives about inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system.  A discussion about the documentary and its relevance to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation enterprise (TRHT) will follow the showing.  Participants will consider the how the history and lessons presented in these initiatives can help advance policies, structures, and practices for equality, inclusion, access, and justice in higher education and society at large. AAC&U is a national partner in the TRHT enterprise. 
Michael Wenger, Professional Lecturer, Department of Sociology—George Washington University and Consultant—W.K. Kellogg Foundation