March 28 - 29, 2013 | Brought to you by the Chief Diversity Office | Dudley H. Davis Center

Professional Development Series

Open to UVM Faculty, Staff and Administrators Only

Monday, April 1, 2013 Frank Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Session #1: Transformative Teaching: Integrating Diversity Across the Curriculum of the University

This workshop examines the ways that curriculum and pedagogy across disciplines can integrate diversity issues and prioritize transformative outcomes. We will begin by exploring the goals of transformative education and examining approaches to integration through examples from courses that do not explicitly focus on issues of diversity. The majority of the workshop will focus on ways in which transformative education goals may be reflected in curriculum; pedagogical strategies, and particular activities and assignments within diverse disciplines.

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Session #2: Developing Allies: Strategies for Working with Resistance in Courses About Race and Culture

Teaching students in courses about race, culture, and other systems of power and privilege is challenging for many reasons, but one of the most difficult is encountering students’ resistance. This workshop aims to explore manifestations of resistance and the ideological and emotional reasons behind these responses. Using the framework of developing as an ally as a foundation, the majority of the workshop will focus upon discussing and sharing strategies for addressing resistance and engaging students.

#1 and #2 Presenter: Karen L. Suyemoto

To register for session #1 and/or #2, please e-mail with your name, department, e-mail address, contact phone number and please specific the session you would like to attend (Session #1 or Session #2) or by stating the time of the workshop.

Sponsored by Center for Cultural Pluralism

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 CUPS Meeting Room in Billings Library Room 405

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Teaching Social Justice in Place
*Limit 15 participants
In teaching for social justice, it can seem that we are engaging at such an abstract level that our students cannot connect inequality and social justice issues to their lived experience. Students at UVM will say "but why are we talking about race here? Vermont is so white!" When we are doing service-learning, we often hope students will encounter and grapple with these issues. But without assistance in looking for inequality and social justice issues around them, we risk students continuing to be blind to the racial, social or economic issues at play in their communities or their service-learning work. This workshop will tackle the question of how to assist students to see social justice issues in any context, but particularly in the contexts in which they live, work, or engage in service. We will explore aspects of the racial, social and economic histories of UVM, Burlington and Vermont to show how students can connect these issues to particular places they know. Participants will leave with examples, resources, and tools for teaching social justice concepts rooted in a particular place, whether or not their class is designated service-learning (SL).

Presenter: Susan Munkres


Sponsored by Community-University
Partnerships & Service Learning

Thursday, April 4, 2013 303 Bailey/Howe Library

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Bridging the Gaps: Creating More Inclusive Teaching Environments

Part 1: This workshop will cover techniques and strategies on how to create more inclusive physical and virtual teaching environments.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bridging the Gaps: Creating More Inclusive Teaching Environments

Part 2: This workshop will focus on development of curricula for face-to-face and online courses using UDL principles to make learning accessible for ALL students.

Part 1: Dr. Sherwood Smith and Henrietta "Henrie" Menzies
Part 2: Holly Parker and Susanmarie Harrington

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Sponsored by Center for Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Multi-lingual Writers, Multi-literate Lives

This session brings together professors from various disciplines who work in multiple languages. Panelists will share stories of the ways they use multiple languages at home and in their professional lives, emphasizing what experiences encouraged their language development, what roadblocks they have faced in becoming multi-lingual, and what their multi-lingual abilities add to their scholarly and professional lives. The ensuing discussion will help us all understand how advanced literacy in multiple languages is achieved. Participants will develop a more rich understanding of what multi-literate and multi-lingual experiences mean both in and out of the classroom. By listening to panelists who have achieved high levels of success in multiple languages, we can explore what it takes to achieve academic literacy.

This event is being offered in connection with Blackboard Jungle.

Panelists: Caroline Beer, John Jing-hua Yin, Cristina Mazzoni and Jim Vigoreaux

Register: Send email to or visit the CTL calendar

Faciliator: Susanmarie Harrington

Sponsored by Writing in the Disciplines

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