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Faculty Supporting Inclusiveness in the Classroom: A Half-Day Workshop and Breakout Sessions

Wednesday               November 13, 2019              1:30 – 5:00                  Bello Grand Hall

Keynote:  Navigating Triggering Events: Critical Competencies for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues (1:30 – 2:30)

Effectively navigating difficult situations and triggering moments is a critical multicultural competency for creating sustainable campus change. In this very interactive session, participants will identify their common triggers and less effective reactions during discussions about creating inclusive campuses, practice tools to navigate their own triggered reactions so they can respond most  effectively, and explore strategies to use triggering events as teachable moments to advance learning outcomes and equity on campus. This session should particularly benefit participants who are interested in strategies to facilitate meaningful dialogue among campus constituencies as well as increasing their capacity to respond effectively when they feel triggered.  Participants will receive a comprehensive handout packet of worksheets and tools, and access to a free copy of Dr. Obear’s recent book, Turn the Tide: Rise above Toxic, Difficult Situations in the Workplace.

Break-Out Sessions 2:45 – 3:45 and 4:00 – 5:00 (each repeated)

Break-out sessions can be customized; ideas include a session for faculty of color; the dynamics of race in the classroom; common micro-aggressions that members of marginalized groups experience; what is it like to teach on a predominately white campus; what do you if ?? session based on Bryant case studies

Kathy Obear, Ed. D., Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Kathy Obear is a successful author of three books with over 30 years of experience specializing in conflict resolution, change management, and creating inclusive environments, Dr. Kathy Obear is a leading expert in helping to establish socially just environments where everyone feels valued and respected.

As the founder of The Center for Transformation and Change, Kathy has given speeches, facilitated training sessions, and consulted to top leaders at hundreds of universities, human services organizations, and corporations across the United States and internationally with a goal to increase the passion, competence, and commitment to create inclusive, socially just environments for all members of the organization.

She has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients including:  Case Western Reserve University, New York University, Texas A&M, Wachovia Bank, The Home for Little Wanderers, The Philadelphia School,MassMutual, and Human Rights Campaign (to name a few).

Michael Sean Funk, EdD Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Funk is an alumnus of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where he received his M.A. from the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology. In 2012, he received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Social Justice Education program. His dissertation, Making Something of It, explores The Untold Stories of Promising Black Males at a Predominately White Institution of Higher Education.

Marta Elena Esquilin

Dr. Esquilin is the Associate Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the American Studies Program within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers-Newark. Marta’s passion and current work focuses on creating educational environments that encourage the positive development and success of all students. She is particularly interested in raising awareness about how micro-aggressions manifest to create hostile environments for marginalized social identities within work and school settings.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Bello Grand Hall
Bryant University



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The Office of Faculty Development and Innovation

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