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Teaching from the Margins: Instructors’ Positionality and Classroom Dynamics

Event Details

March 5, 2018
12:30 pm-2:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 168C

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Kirsten Helmer

Diversity Lunch Talks - Come for lunch, connect and join your colleagues to explore issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching. Open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.

As instructors, we talk a lot about inclusive teaching, but how do we navigate classroom dynamics when our identities—race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, language, ability status, or other identity characteristics—set us apart from our students? How can we draw on our own marginalized positionalities to enhance inclusiveness in our classrooms? What does it take to create class environments where we are willing to reveal and name ourselves as we co-construct knowledge with our students?

Join Dr. Kirsten Helmer (TEFD) and Momina Sims (PhD student, health promotion and policy) as they  engage participants in an exploration of what these questions mean for us as educators who sometimes struggle with 'teaching who we are.'

This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series.




The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

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