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Blackboard Jungle 7 Workshops and Panels on Expanding Diversity on March 28

Blackboard Jungle

A full slate of symposium workshops and panels focused on “Expanding Diversity: Speaking Up, Reaching Out, and Stepping Beyond” will be featured at Blackboard Jungle 7 on Friday, March 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UVM’s Davis Center.

Blackboard Symposium workshops and sessions are designed to support UVM faculty, staff and community members seeking to learn how to work well with others, effectively manage cross-cultural contact across campus, and to navigate the expanding dimensions of diversity in order to promote inclusiveness in our institutions. There is a registration and fee of $20 for UVM employees and $30 for non-UVM employees.

Panelists include Dorothy Roberts, professor of civil rights at the University of Pennsylvania; Amer F. Ahmed, associate director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan; Daniel Sharfstein, professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School; Lily Casura, journalist and creator and founder of; and Matt Glowacki, owner of MOGO Wheelchairs.

Workshop topics and panels include:

  • Fatal Invention: Re-creating Race in the Genomic Age
  • Acts of Discrimination: What Would You Do?
  • Reaching Out: Faculty and Staff Working Together to Support International Students in Higher Education
  • Talking Race: Does Classroom Work About Race, Diversity, and Social Justice Unify or Divide?
  • Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down Barriers
  • Successful Transitions from Combat to the Classroom
  • Walking is Over-Rated!
  • Law, Stories, and the Historical Construction of Race
  • Ways of Talking, Ways of Being: Language and Identity in the Classroom and Beyond

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of In My Place and CNN’s former Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent and former national correspondent for PBS’ “The NewsHour” with Jim Lehrer, kicked off the Blackboard Jungle 7 Symposium with a keynote lecture on Monday, March 24 as part of UVM’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact UVM Conference & Event Services: (802) 656-5665.