"Rolling in the Deep:" Thinking Deeply about Diversity in Your Classroom

“Meeting students where they are” is more easily said than done in the college classroom. Students come to us with a variety of social identities and experiences. They enter the classroom – also a socially constructed space – to face you, an instructor with your own social identities and experiences. Considering these issues when teaching can seem overwhelming.

In this session, facilitators from the UofL Inclusive Teaching Circles groups will lead a case-study approach workshop to exploring issues of power dynamics in the classroom, handling conflict, and negotiating social identities. You will be invited to think critically about diversity in the classroom and experience strategies and techniques to mediate conflict and negotiate social identities in the classroom.

As a result of attending this session, you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of how power flows in classrooms;
  • Identify ways of mediating conflict around difficult diversity discussions; and
  • Cultivate skills for negotiating social identities in the teaching context.

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Presenter Bio

David Owen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of philosophy and director of diversity programs for the College of Arts and Sciences. His primary research and teaching interests are in the philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, critical social theory, and the philosophy of social science.

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