Diversity Lunch & Learn with Linda Isbell
October 3, 2019
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Library, W.E.B. Du Bois
UMass Amherst Campus
"Powerful Learning Opportunities or Explosive Landmines? Effective Teaching Practice for Engaging Students with Difficult and Sensitive Topics" with Linda Isbell. In this interactive workshop, Linda will discuss effective teaching practices for engaging students with difficult and sensitive topics.
An increasingly broad and diverse range of difficult and sensitive topics emerges in many of our classes – whether they are the focus of our courses or not. These can be powerful opportunities to engage students with important topics that promote deep learning that students will likely carry with them long after they leave our classrooms. However, they can also be dangerous landmines if we don’t navigate these opportunities carefully, as they have the power not only to create havoc in our classrooms, but also to trigger student disengagement and lasting harm.
The Diversity Lunch & Learn sessions are open to any instructor on our campus (full- and part-time faculty, post-docs, graduate teaching assistants). They are part of the Center for Teaching & Learning's (CTL) Teaching & Diversity Professional Development series. For more information, contact Kirsten Helmer or see the Diversity Lunch & Learn page on the event website.