As part of the University's ongoing dialogue about diversity and inclusion, this event will highlight recent accomplishments, consider ongoing challenges, and explore future directions.
The program will focus on a practical, interactive workshop facilitated by
Brenda J. Allen, Ph.D., associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver.
Allen is an award-winning teacher and well-published researcher, and her work on organizational communication, diversity, group communication, and critical pedagogy is well-known nationally. Among her many accomplishments is her groundbreaking book, Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity, now in its second edition (Waveland Press).
Allen will help us to consider the notion of inclusion more deeply, focusing on the ways in which we communicate (whether intentionally or not) inclusivity/exclusivity to students. Together, we will examine a variety of University "artifacts" that convey messages of inclusivity and consider the implications for own work with students (e.g., course design, teaching methods, building design, practices such as advising students, policies, etc.).
Ideally, the workshop will reveal practical ways we can make the University more inclusive and will lay a firm foundation for future professional development opportunities about this topic.
This event is open to all SLU faculty, graduate students, and staff.
Sponsored by the Offices of the Vice President Frost and Health Sciences, Division of Student Development, Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, and the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence.
Continental breakfast will be provided.