Faculty Identities Matter
Being Your Authentic Self in the Classroom
As faculty, we often help our students negotiate their identities in the classroom and work hard to create safe classroom norms where all students are respected.
But what about us and our identity?
Faculty, too, must navigate their way through the sometimes tricky maze of disclosing their own identity and deciding how much to share about themselves. In this interactive session, we will consider how our identity works in the classroom. By “identity” we mean the many ways that we both identify ourselves (e.g. teacher, parent, student, etc.) and the ways we are identified (e.g. Black, lesbian, nerd, etc.).
Through discussion and analysis of critical case studies, participants will be invited to examine their own identities, and discuss skills related to “coming out” in relation to LGBT and other identities. Participants will have the opportunity to practice reflective critical thinking, which informs practices that support their students’ critical thinking development.
In this workshop, you will experience opportunities to:
- Examine the salient dimensions of your own multifaceted social identity
- Discuss skills and supports regarding “coming out” in relation to LGBT and other identities
- Practice reflective critical thinking, a practice that will allow you to support and foster your students’ critical thinking practices with respect to social identity
9/04/2013Wednesday, 12–1:45 p.m.Delphi Center Lab
Brian Buford is the director of the LGBT Center and assistant provost for diversity at the University of Louisville. In that position, he helped implement health insurance and other benefits for domestic partners, added gender identity to the university's nondiscrimination policy, and initiated new LGBT organizations and programs to enhance campus life. Prior to that, he worked as a director of organizational effectiveness for UofL's human resources department, where he facilitated supervisory training and employee recognition. In 2010, Buford was selected as one of Louisville's "connectors," people who achieve remarkable results through their unique style of trusted leadership. He counts among his most treasured accomplishments a thru-hike of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2007 and Spain’s 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2012.
Dr. Nisha Gupta is the Ideas to Action (i2a) specialist for culminating experiences. Prior to joining UofL in 2009, she was the associate director for professional development programs of the Graduate School at Syracuse University. She has a background in curricular design, teaching and learning, and women and gender studies.