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Preparing the Way: Creating an Inclusive Classroom Conducive to Debate and Learning in an Age of Extreme Conflict

Description

Probably not since the late 1960s have so many complex issues combined to enflame the fabric of American social life.  The coronavirus pandemic, the presidential election, Black Lives Matter, state and regional-mandated mask policies, and the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett have all coalesced this semester, leading to the potential for engaging and important classroom debates to spill over into harmful personal conflicts.  In effort to continue to move our campus community toward a more racially and socially just perspective in the midst of these conflicts, this session will focus on how to establish productive guidelines for engaging classroom discussion and disagreement--the hallmarks of learning--while preventing the hostile, often hateful, attacks that so often punctuate our nation's political discourse. It will also focus on language that can be included in our syllabi to help establish a safe space for these disagreements. Speakers will offer strategies for handling conflicts if they arise and get out of hand in our classrooms. And, they will also provide insight into what to do to prepare and protect students from hostility when they are engaged in clinical practices, student teaching, or internships off-campus.

Presenters: 

  • Juyeon Son, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Marguerite Parks, Graduate Program Coordinator and Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy
  • Art Munin, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
  • Damira Grady, Associate Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Ashay Desai, Professor, Management and Human Resources

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