Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Workshops
Summer 2022 Workshop
Four Days - Monday, May 23-Thursday, May 26, 2022
Students can be excellent learners in terms of our disciplinary content and academic skills but if they cannot work with diverse perspectives, build teams, think critically around controversial issues, or effectively collaborate, they are not well prepared. What interpersonal and leadership competencies do your students need to be successful? In this workshop, teams representing their academic programs will collaborate to advance diversity and inclusion and leadership competencies employers seek in graduates. Utilizing the National Association of Colleges and Employers as a framework, the workshop will take a programmatic approach, asking where and how programs can enhance learning around diversity, inclusion and leadership in their curriculum with the goal of increasing graduates’ career readiness.
The goals of this intensive, four-day workshop in May 2022 are to
- assist academic programs in infusing DEI and leadership skills in program learning outcomes and throughout their curriculum
- equip faculty with knowledge and proven strategies to foster inclusion in academic programs
- increase UND graduates’ career preparedness for the global economy.
Faculty will engage in the workshop as part of a team which must include the individual who leads the academic program (program director, chair or whomever has this administrative role as part of their contract) and 2-4 other faculty who teach directly in the program under development or revision. These teams will work through peer engagement and collaboration as a cohort. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to advance student learning around diversity, equity and inclusion and leadership by equipping faculty to design programs, course structures and materials that foster and assess this learning.
We are pleased to announce the return of two nationally recognized consultants to assist TTaDA in facilitating the workshop:
Dr. China M. Jenkins, Executive Director, TEAM (Teaching, Enrichment, Advising, and Mentoring) Center, Texas Southern University, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.
China M. Jenkins, Ph.D., is the founding Executive Director of the TEAM (Teaching, Enrichment, Advising, Mentoring) Center in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Texas Southern University. Her Ph.D. is in Educational Human Resource Development with a focus on Adult Education from Texas A&M University. During her 16-year career in higher education, China taught at two- and four-year institutions, directed faculty development centers, and created instructional and leadership development programming for faculty, administrators, and students. Her scholarly works, teaching, and service focus on educational and faculty development, culturally responsive pedagogy, and inclusive approaches to teaching within adult and higher education learning environments. China advocates for the pedagogical transformation of educators through critical self-reflection. She actively speaks at and provides professional development for colleges and universities across the United States.
Dr. Jamiella Brooks, Associate Director, Center of Teaching & Learning, University of Pennsylvania.
Jamiella Brooks is currently an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pennsylvania, where her primary work focuses on programming and support for equitable and inclusive teaching practices. Preceding Penn, Jamiella was at Berea College as director of the Teaching Assistant Program. She earned her Ph.D. in French Literature at University of California, Davis and is a former McNair Scholar and Fulbright Teaching Assistant. At Penn, in addition to her work at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Jamiella teaches in the linguistics department and is a Faculty Fellow for the Gregory College House of Film Culture and Languages. Her current research project focuses on the sociolinguistics of African American language; she is also working on a project exploring anti-colonial practices in the classroom, as well as decoloniality in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She has an article in the 2020 second edition of Presumed Incompetent: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia.
The May 2021 workshop featuring Drs. Jenkins and Brooks was evaluated highly by UND faculty. We welcome those who took part in that workshop to gather programmatic colleagues and join us again. We also encourage and welcome new teams.
Dates and times for the workshop: Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm). Food will be provided and participants are expected to be present for the entirety of the workshop dates and times.
Workshop participants will:
- develop programmatic learning outcomes around diversity, equity and inclusion, and leadership
- inform their program structure with inclusive and equitable practices
- gain knowledge of definition, terms, structures, and pedagogies that advance equity
- develop best practices around inclusivity and equity in program structure and its evaluation/assessment
Please apply through the Qualtrics Survey for the May 2022 Workshop. The deadline is Sunday, April 10 at midnight. All curricular academic programs are welcome. Applications will be reviewed beginning Monday, April 11 and academic teams will be notified by Thursday, April 14.
Stipend: $1,500 stipends for each member will be available for up to 35 faculty who:
- attend and complete the entire workshop (stipends will be paid upon completion of the 4 full days),
- prepare new programmatic guidelines and materials (learning outcomes, assessments, rubrics, syllabi, etc.)
- teach in the program they represent in the workshop with the newly developed materials and strategies in the summer or fall of 2022 or spring of 2023, and
- share their insights, practices and impacts with TTaDA in written format and also with fellow faculty the following academic year through a collaborative effort with TTaDA (e.g. workshop, panel discussion, podcast).
Feedback from May 2021 workshop
- “This was one of the best workshops I've attended in a while. I appreciated the balance between theory and application to our courses, and many of the techniques used to organize and conduct the workshop served as models for our own practice.”
- “I am looking forward to other offerings of this type to improve my skills in the classroom and provide a better experience for all students. Thank you to TTaDA and to our wonderful speakers!”
- “I came to this workshop anticipating learning how to make my classroom more inclusive and for students to develop a deeper understanding of DEI, specifically anti-racism practice. What I did not anticipate was coming away also learning new skills and tools to use in the classroom. What a great bonus to this experience.”
- “This workshop was exceptionally helpful, and I believe that all professors will benefit from engaging in this work.”
- “It was awesome to have small groups interested in this workshop as we have a nice little group that I feel like we will continue connecting with!”
- “Learning about what other UND colleagues have done so far to enhance DEI in their teaching was helpful. Working with TTaDA and the UND Writing Center was helpful as I can continue to work with them.”
- “I really appreciated the variety of teaching and learning strategies and work time to create authentic DEI products that will really be implemented. When I learn, I need to apply immediately in order to retain and synthesize learning; this workshop supported retention, synthesis, and actionability!”
- “China and Jamiella were fantastic! They provided clear introductions to material to bring us all up to speed, and made effective use of active learning to guide us to apply what we were learning.”