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The CRLT Players’ performances at Columbia University allow us to critically consider issues of diversity and inclusion as a community, and foster dialogue toward the cultivation of inclusive teaching environments. But the conversation doesn’t stop there. The CTL and our partners are hosting several events that engage with inclusion and diversity on campus, as well as the challenges of teaching and learning. You are invited to attend and share in any of these experiences!

Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Wednesday, October 5 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Register
Butler Library Room 212

Whether faculty seek to equip students with the skills to engage in debates on controversial topics or not, difficult conversations are inevitable in today’s classrooms and beyond. Regardless of discipline and context, everyone plays a role in creating inclusive classroom environments in which all students can thrive and learn. This interactive workshop will explore discussion strategies to facilitate difficult conversations in the classroom. Participants will share their experiences with leading difficult dialogues, reflect on their teaching practices, and plan for productive conversations to occur in their classrooms. There will be ample opportunity for discussion and a reception to follow. This workshop is part of the Junior Faculty Career Development series from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion.

Teachers’ Lounge: Engaging International Perspectives in the Classroom

Remaining sessions: 10/26, 11/16 from 12 pm – 1:00 pm
Butler Library Room 212
No registration necessary; just stop by! View upcoming events here.
Pizza is available for all participants.

Fall 2016 Teachers’ Lounges are a series of informal discussions on Engaging International Perspectives in the Classroom. What diverse perspectives and practices do international instructors and students bring to Columbia’s learning environments? How do these perspectives enrich and challenge the often unspoken assumptions at play in American classrooms and labs? Any current or future instructor at Columbia is welcome.

CRLT Players Post-Performance Conversation

Friday, October 28 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am | Register
Butler Library Room 212

You and other members of the Columbia community are invited to a breakfast-and-conversation event at the CTL to discuss the CRLT Players’ performances at Columbia University. Their work allows us to critically consider issues of diversity and inclusion as a community, and foster dialogue toward the cultivation of inclusive teaching environments. We would like to continue the conversation begun in the context of their performance in order to better understand our positions in higher education, our roles in learning environments on campus, and our varied identities and experiences. We invite you to share your thoughts!

Queer Pedagogy: Reflecting on and Affirming Difference

Tuesday, November 1 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Register
Butler Library Room 212

In this workshop for Columbia instructors, participants will discuss queer pedagogy as a resource to challenge the disavowal of LGBTQA visibility in the classroom. The aim is to welcome discussion among instructors across all disciplines to develop tools and strategies that can promote an inclusive space of affirmative visibility for sexual, transgender and queer/questioning minorities in our classrooms.

CTLgrads Learning Communities

Are you a graduate student interested in fostering an inclusive learning environment? Join a CTLgrads Learning CommunityCTLgrads Learning Communities are interdisciplinary three-part series on topics regarding inclusive teaching, designed and co-facilitated by CTL Senior Lead Teaching FellowsParticipants are welcome to register for an individual session, or join for the whole series. Safe space, engaging community, and pizza included! All sessions will run in Butler Library.

Role Play and Inclusive Teaching

Introduction
Friday, October 28 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am | Register

Concepts, Challenges, and Strategies
Tuesday, November 1 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Register

Uncovering Perspectives
Tuesday, November 15 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Register

Location: Butler Library, see registration links for specific locations

We know that making our classrooms more inclusive provides better learning outcomes overall, but how do we put an inclusive teaching philosophy into practice? This three-part series follows the CRLT Players’ performances (pictured) on October 27. The post-show conversation on October 28 will reflect on issues raised during the shows. The next session will consider concepts, research, and challenges related to implementing inclusive teaching. The series ends with a session focused on considering creative ways of incorporating role-playing in class to uncover, broaden, and deepen multiple perspectives.

For more information, contact Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Sahar Ullah (MESAAS) and Ben Hansberry (Music).

Addressing Race and Gender Bias in the Classroom

Defining Inclusion
Wednesday, November 2 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Register

Devising Strategies
Wednesday, November 9 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Register

Measuring Inclusion
Wednesday, November 16 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Register

Location: Butler Library, see registration links for locations

This is a divided time in the US, but it doesn’t have to be a divided time in our classrooms. What is an inclusive classroom and how can we create one? In this three-part series, participants will tackle issues related to implicit bias and diversity in the classroom, and come up with strategies to overcome challenges of inclusion. Participants will engage in discussions and activities focused on race and gender inclusion in their own classrooms, develop strategies for creating a better learning environment, and learn to assess and track their own classroom inclusivity.

For more information, contact Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Franziska Landes (DEES) and Hadas Aron (Political Science).

Inclusive Teaching: Toward an Intercultural Pedagogy

Wednesday, November 30 from 12 pm – 1:30 pm | Register
Butler Library Room 212

In this workshop for Columbia instructors, participants will consider strategies for making learning environments more inclusive by employing the principles of intercultural pedagogy. In the process, participants will gain a deeper, more practical understanding of how to design and facilitate inclusive learning in their discipline.

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