The 2017 Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development was created to offer University of Pittsburgh faculty the opportunity to increase awareness about diversity and develop the skills needed to teach in a diverse, multicultural environment. Whether it’s expanding your diversity mindfulness in classroom discussions or designing learning activities that incorporate a variety of perspectives, this institute is appropriate for any part- and full-time faculty member who wants to deepen his or her teaching practice. We strongly encourage your participation.

Faculty may sign up for one or more of the sessions listed below. Stipends are available to faculty who have less than 12-month contracts.

Seminars on Race and Gender in Teaching

Gina Garcia

Gina Garcia

What White Institutions Can Learn from Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Wednesday, May 17, 9 a.m. – noon (registration & light breakfast 8:30 – 9 a.m.)

Alumni Hall, Room 528

Facilitator: Prof. Gina Garcia, School of Education

Description: As white institutions like Pitt look for ways to be more intentional about racial diversity and inclusion, they could learn from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions that have historically enrolled, served, and graduated Latina/o students. This session will focus on transferable lessons learned from HSIs about teaching, pedagogy, learning, and educational practices.

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Gabby Yearwood

Gabby Yearwood

Identity Politics in the Classroom

Monday, May 22, 9 a.m. – noon (registration & light breakfast 8:30 – 9 a.m.)

Alumni Hall, Room 528

Facilitator: Gabby Yearwood, Dept. of Anthropology, Dept. of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies

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Mary Margaret Kerr

Mary Margaret Kerr

Joe Horne

Joe Horne

The Conversation Crisis: Managing your bias, facilitating conversations, and finding common ground in the classroom

Tuesday, May 23, 9 a.m. – noon (registration & light breakfast 8:30 – 9 a.m.)

Alumni Hall, Room 528

Facilitator: Mary Margaret Kerr, School of Education and Joe Horne, University Center for Teaching & Learning

Description: This highly interactive workshop builds practical skills that faculty can implement in their teaching. It can be particularly helpful in preparing for and addressing difficult situations. From tweaking your syllabus to rewording your assignments, the workshop focuses heavily on the use of language, wording, and tone in the learning environment. Faculty will leave with new techniques they can implement right away or over time to improve classroom civility, to promote honest conversations, and to highlight common ground on sensitive topics. This workshop applies various conflict mediation techniques to face-to-face and hybrid learning environments.

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Ralph Bangs

Ralph Bangs

Teaching Race to College Students – 2017 Black/White Update

Tuesday, June 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (registration & light breakfast 8:30 – 9 a.m.; a light lunch will be provided)

Alumni Hall, Room 528

Facilitator: Ralph Bangs, University Center for International Studies

Description: In June 2015, Ralph Bangs conducted a workshop for Pitt faculty and staff on how to teach race. The 2017 update will suggest additional topics and the latest best sources, especially for teaching related to black-white issues. In the workshop, we will view the documentary “13th”, examine the Black Lives Matter movement, review research on race and politics in the age of Obama, discuss the role of race in the 2016 presidential election, summarize the legacy of the first U.S. black president, and identify several new books.

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Students & Poverty

Gerald Dickinson

Gerald Dickinson

Lori Delale O'Connor

Lori Delale-O’Connor

How socioeconomic factors shape student learning and what we can do

Thursday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (registration & coffee 9:30 – 10 a.m.; a light lunch will be provided)

O’Hara Student Center Ballroom (2nd Floor)

Speakers: Gerald Dickinson (Pitt School of Law), Lori Delale-O’Connor (Pitt Center for Urban Education), Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal (Pitt Dept. of Psychology), and Ken Regal (Just Harvest)

This session looks at how poverty and socioeconomic challenges impact students. Looking holistically at their overall educational experience, we will explore how various aspects of poverty shape the student experience in and out of the classroom. Hear from a variety of faculty who examine the impact of poverty, and participate in a talk with Pittsburgh community leaders who work locally to alleviate poverty.

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Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal

Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal

Ken Regal

Ken Regal


Transformative Intergroup Dialogue

Erika Gold Kestenberg

Erika Gold Kestenberg

Mario C. Browne

Mario C. Browne

Wednesday, May 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (registration & light breakfast 8:30 – 9 a.m.; a light lunch will be provided)University Club, Conference Room A

Speakers: Erika Gold Kestenberg and Mario C. Browne of the Pitt Intergroup Dialogue Collaborative at the University of Pittsburgh

This day is designed to:

  • Provide an experiential introduction to Transformative Intergroup Dialogue (TIGD).
  • Provide an opportunity to practice dialogue facilitation skills.
  • Support faculty who may wish to create and institutionalize Intergroup Dialogue in their units, departments or schools at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Provide dialogic tools for faculty and staff who may wish to use them in other types of courses and programs.
  • Build a cohort of individuals who share a common language and understanding regarding Intergroup Dialogue and similar educational strategies.
  • Engage participants in exercises that demonstrate the use of TIGD and that invite self and group exploration regarding intergroup issues.
 

This workshop will be useful for people with varying levels of knowledge and experience with Transformative Intergroup Dialogue.

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Understanding Our Students series

This series focuses on understanding the intersection of various identities within the student experience. Faculty will have the chance to hear what Pitt students have to say about these important topics, and to reflect on what it means for their teaching practice.

Each workshop will feature a faculty facilitator and a panel of Pitt students.

Meiyi Song

Meiyi Song

Understanding the Background and Academic Preparation of Students from Chinese Cultures

Monday, May 15, 1 – 4 p.m. (registration 12:30 – 1 p.m.)

Alumni Hall, Room 532

Facilitator: Meiyi Song, University Center for Teaching & Learning

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Andrew Lotz

Andrew Lotz

Political Diversity in the Classroom

Tuesday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. – noon (registration 9 – 9:30 a.m.)

Alumni Hall, Room 532

Facilitator: Andrew Lotz, Dept. of Political Science & Asst. Dean of Arts & Sciences

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Jeanette Jouili

Jeanette Jouili

Muslim Student Perspectives

Thursday, May 18, 1:30 – 4 p.m. (registration 1 – 1:30 p.m.)

Alumni Hall, Room 532

Facilitator: Jeanette Jouili, Dept. of Religious Studies

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Shaun Eack

Shaun Eack

Students on the Autism Spectrum

Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. – noon (registration 9 – 9:30 a.m.)

O’Hara Student Center dining room

Facilitator: Shaun Eack, School of Social Work

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Extended Diversity Experience • 2017-18 Academic Year

Faculty members who are interested in incorporating what they have learned about diversity and inclusivity into a course they will be teaching in the coming year may apply to participate in the Extended Diversity Institute workshop series. This extended professional growth experience will connect a cohort of faculty with scholars who are studying diversity, librarians to help locate resources, and with pedagogy experts who will work collaboratively to assist faculty in modifying their courses.To be eligible, you must have participated in the 2017 Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development. Preference will be given to those who have participated in multiple sessions. Because of the time commitment required for this extended workshop, the number of faculty participants will be limited. Stipends will be available to faculty who are on less than a 12-month contract.

Faculty who are chosen for the extended workshop will be asked to participate in regular meetings throughout the fall and spring terms, to work closely with instructional designers on syllabus changes, course content enhancements, and revised classroom activities and assignments, and to share what they learn with colleagues. Participation in a formal assessment will also be required. Meetings of the cohort group will be scheduled, each of which will include a scholarly presentation on a relevant topic related to diversity and teaching, as well as group discussion and individual work on courses. Once the cohort has been selected, dates for the meetings will be set that work for everyone. (Regional campus faculty have the option to participate in person or via video conference.)

Please complete the application at this link: http://tiny.cc/ExtDivExp, by Monday, June 26. An ad-hoc committee from the Office of the Provost will review applications and recommend courses for funding by July 17, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura McCarthy-Blatt at LBlatt@pitt.edu in the University Center for Teaching and Learning.

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