Diversity Education Seminar for Faculty and Staff
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the Chancellor’s 21st Century Vision on “Diversity in Higher Education.” This three-part, interactive series consists of national scholars discussing the role of diversity in education, access, and research.
November 13, 2012 (register here)
The first seminar,“Diversity in Higher Education: Inclusive Excellence in the Academy,” focuses on education and will take place at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus.
Plenary Session—Student Union Auditorium, 8:00 am
The morning plenary session will feature keynote Dr. Patricia Gurin, Nancy Cantor Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Following Dr. Gurin’s keynote will be a panel discussion with Dr. Jeff Milem of the University of Arizona, Dr. Thomas Nelson Laird of Indiana University, Dr. Abigail Panter and Professor Charles Daye, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Concurrent Sessions—Student Union, Rooms 3408 and 3411, 2:00 pm
Session I—Leveraging Diversity in the Classroom with Dr. Thomas Nelson Laird
How does diversity find its way into our classrooms? How can instructors tap into the richness of diversity that may exist within the classroom to deepen the learning experience? How might diversity be used differently in classes from different fields and disciplines? How can instructors leverage diversity in the classroom so that ALL students reap the educational benefit? Dr. Thomas Nelson Laird will offer insights and strategies for creating an inclusive classroom that integrates diverse perspectives and fosters student learning.
Session II—What is Inclusive Excellence and How Can We Get There? with Dr. Jeff Milem
Building upon the comments made by Dr. Milem in the morning panel discussion, this session addresses the things that institutional leaders, educators, and students need to consider and need to do in order to create a campus that exemplifies the idea of inclusive excellence. Some of the questions that will be discussed include: What is the dominant discourse regarding diversity on our campus and what does this tell us about our ability to achieve inclusive excellence? What factors must be in place if we are to actualize the educational benefits that can result from diversity at our institution? What conditions impede our ability to realize these benefits and what things facilitate our ability to achieve these benefits?
Session III—Leveraging Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue with Dr. Pat Gurin
Courses and workshops based in the theory and practice of intergroup dialogue have proved successful in teaching knowledge of intergroup issues, helping students gain competencies in talking and collaborating across cultural differences, and fostering social responsibility. This session will offer an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss what is involved in intergroup dialogue that might apply at UNC.
Please note: there is no fee for this seminar but you must register for the plenary and one of the concurrent sessions. Click here for registration.