Addressing Equity in the Classroom Setting During Times of Change: Tools for Faculty

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Training overview:  
The Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the nationwide protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, have laid bare the racial disparities that exist in education, healthcare, political participation, and other systems in the United States. These disparities and inequities accompany students as they enter into the learning spaces at the University of Iowa and can be exacerbated by the pedagogical approaches used. In the wake of the sudden changes in teaching during spring 2020 and the continued uncertainties that are accompanying the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, attention to equity in the student experience is paramount. This webinar is designed to examine how equity issues emerge in the academic experience and adversely impact the student experience in and out of the classroom. Additionally, it will provide tools for faculty to ensure more equitable learning experiences for students.   

Goals of training:

  • Address equity issues intensified by the sudden change to online teaching modalities
  • Examine ways that equity issues impact student success and academic attainment
  • Provide strategies for faculty, regardless of discipline, to ensure equity in learning environments, opportunities, and experiences in and out of the classroom
  • Provide resources and additional opportunities to learn about equity and the learning environment

Time/Date: 3:00-4:30 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 2020

Zoom link Registration is not required.

Submit questions in advance: Equity in the Classroom Webinar Questions. Some questions may be taken during the webinar.

Moderator: Teresa Mangum (Departments of English and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; Obermann Center for Advanced Studies)

Panelists: Cornelia Lang (CLAS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; Physics and Astronomy), Deborah Whaley (American Studies and African American Studies), Lina-Maria Murillo (History and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies), Carolina Herrera (Iowa Edge Peer Leader), Nick Creary (Center for Diversity and Enrichment), Sara Nasrollahian Mojarad (Center for Teaching)

Cosponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

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