March 29 - 30, 2012 | The University of Vermont, Dudley H. Davis Center | Burlington, Vermont

Welcome to Blackboard Jungle 5

The 21st Century University is a complex, diverse and multifaceted space for teaching, learning and working. The Symposium is designed for PK-16 faculty, staff, and all others wanting to foster greater diversity and cultural understanding within their communities. It will address the challenges and emerging approaches used to shape conversations, critical thinking, action and research regarding multiculturalism and diversity.

Keynote Kickoff

Donna Brazile PhotoDonna Brazile
Veteran Democratic Political
Strategist and Author


An Evening with Donna Brazile
In Celebration of Women’s History

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Ira Allen Chapel
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Gibson Photo

Dr. David Gibson
Dr. David Gibson received his Ed.D. from the University of Vermont in Leadership and Policy Studies in 1999 and works as an educational researcher, professor, learning scientist, and innovator at local, state, and national levels of education. He consults with project and system leaders, formulates strategies, and helps people articulate their vision for innovation. Dr. Gibson’s research focuses on complex systems analysis and modeling of education, web applications, the future of learning, and the use of technology to personalize education via cognitive modeling, design, and implementation. His articles and books on games and simulations in learning follow from his role as creator of SimSchool, a classroom flight simulator for preparing educators, and eFolio an online performance-based assessment system.

Keynote - Game Changers for Social Justice Research and Action

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Patricia Hill Collins

Dr. Patricia Hill Collins
Dr. Patricia Hill Collins is a Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park and Charles Phelps Taft Emeritus Professor of Sociology within the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Keynote - Toward Social Justice: Learning from the Outsider Within Revisited


A. John Bramley, Alec Ewald, Brian Reed, Center for Cultural Pluralism, Center for Teaching and Learning, Chief Diversity Office, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Social Services, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning, Diane Gaboriault, Division for Finance & Enterprise Services, Extension, Gary Derr, Graduate College, Honors College, Jane Knodell, Judith Aiken, Leslye Kornegay, Libraries and Learning Resources, Marie Waterworth, President's Office, Provost Office, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, School of Business Administration, Sharon Haas, Sherwood Smith, Ray Vega, Wanda Heading-Grant and Writing In The Disciplines.

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