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The Role of Power Dynamics in Fostering Inclusive Classroom Climate

Modified: October 15, 2015

Graduate and Postdoctoral Workship: The Role of Power Dynamics in Fostering Inclusive Classroom Climate

Monday, November 2, 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Searle Center Library, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, 627 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL  60208

Presenting yourself as an authority in the classroom can have many challenges, but it does influence learning environments in a variety of ways. Have you ever wondered how to position yourself as an authority while simultaneously creating an inclusive classroom climate for your students? In this workshop, we will explore how to create inclusive classroom settings, tone, and policies that will give TAs and instructors the opportunity to think about how they manage their classrooms. This workshop will also balance class-preparation with teachable moments in the classroom – how to interact with students in the moment. Here, we provide real-life classroom experience to give workshop participants a sense of the challenges inherent in fostering an inclusive climate. We will address the power issues present in the classroom and provide learning strategies for dealing with offensive, obscure, or obtuse comments. 

Workshop Facilitators:

Stephanie Brehm is a doctoral candidate in American religions, studying religion, media, and popular culture in contemporary American life.

Polina Maksimovich is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register here.