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November 14, 2013

'Diversity, Equity and Pedagogy' Is Topic for 'Connect with Colleagues' Presentation

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"Uncomfortable in the Classroom: A Conversation on Diversity, Equity and Pedagogy" is the topic for the Center for Learning and Teaching's (CLT) next "Connect with Colleagues" presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The brown bag lunch series offers faculty members a chance to learn more about good ideas for teaching. The program will be from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Learning Commons Conference Room at Perry Library. CLT will provide drinks and dessert.

Leading the session will be Jennifer Kidd, lecturer of teaching and learning, and

Jeffrey Toussaint, joint lecturer in sociology and criminal justice and African American studies. Their presentation will feature an interactive session that will address three questions:

Why do we need to have this conversation?
Why is it so uncomfortable?
How can we talk about diversity in our classrooms?

Participants at this Connect with Colleagues presentation should plan to actively engage in lively dialogue and challenging activities designed to provoke meaningful reflection and conversation.

Kidd's research interests include learner-generated content, Web 2.0 applications and peer-assessment. She is currently engaged in an interdepartmental collaboration to improve pre-service teachers' cultural competence and writing skills via writing and sharing activities in a cross-course WordPress blog as part of ODU's Quality Enhancement Plan, Improving Disciplinary Writing.

Toussaint's areas of interest include race and ethnic relations and the sociology of education. He teaches courses on Social Inequality, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Education, and Social Movements in Africa. He, too, is currently engaged in an interdepartmental collaboration to improve pre-service teachers' cultural competence and writing skills via writing and sharing activities in a cross-course WordPress blog as part of ODU's Quality Enhancement Plan, Improving Disciplinary Writing.

For more information contact clt@odu.edu or 683-4252.To register, go to http://clt.odu.edu and click "Events."