|On Teaching seminar to focus on diversity|
An On Teaching Seminar, titled “Thinking about Diversity in the Classroom,” is from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, in the River Valley Room.
Handling cultural issues -- such as race, gender, ethnicity or religion -- in our classrooms can present a tremendous challenge. The topic itself is complicated, dynamic and often confusing and, for many, fraught with uneasiness and discomfort. It requires us as teachers to be very aware of both our own cultural perspectives and assumptions, and those of our students. So how do we think about it and prepare ourselves for those challenges before wading into controversial territory?
While we can’t offer a universal solution or specific rules, we can offer some good practices and a forum for conversation. We’ll draw on the expertise of several faculty who think about and deal with these matters every day as part of their work teaching students to understand and uphold professional standards regarding diversity. So we hope you can join us, and help us think about good ways to handle tough conversations.
Please register by noon Monday, March 8, to attend and reserve a lunch. Visit the Office of Instructional Development online (oid.und.edu ) to register. For more information contact, Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or email@example.com.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4233