Presentation & Discussion: Culturally Sustaining/Responsive Pedagogy (CSRP) in the “After” of the Pandemic (Mar. 31, 1-2 p.m.)

Join Christin DePouw (Associate Professor, Education & 2021-22 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant) for a presentation and guided conversation on March 31 from 1–2 p.m. Culturally sustaining pedagogy focuses on academic excellence and supports to reach it, identities in relationship and context, and a critical consciousness of systems and institutions as the context for our teaching and learning. In this conversation, we will identify some of the shifts we have experienced in teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a heightened awareness of mental health and socio-emotional learning, ongoing struggles to achieve racial justice, and continuing shifts in both work and our broader economy. We will connect our experiences and understandings from the past two years to CSP and consider how to move forward as teachers, learners, and community members.

Resources and Session Recording

You can watch the recording from this session and engage with some reflection questions with the PlayPosit bulb in this blog post.

Tapping into the Affective Domain of Learning to Close Classroom Performance Gaps with Dr. Angela Bauer (Mar. 4, from 3-5 p.m.)

Join Dr. Angela Bauer, former UWGB Professor and current Vice President for Academic Affairs at High Point University, Mar. 4, for a discussion of her research on growth mindset, active learning, and addressing equity or performance gaps in the classroom. There will also be opportunities for informal conversation before and after her presentation.
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. | Winter Garden in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall | Meet & greet with refreshments
  • 3:30-4:30 | Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 204 & Virtual | Tapping into the Affective Domain of Learning to Close Classroom Performance Gaps
  • 4:30-5:00 |Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 204 & Virtual | Q & A Session

Presentation & Discussion: Culturally Sustaining/Responsive Pedagogy (CSRP) and Moving Beyond Guest Speakers (Feb. 17, 1–2 p.m.)

Join Christin DePouw (Associate Professor, Education & 2021-22 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant) and Lisa Poupart (Associate Professor, First Nations Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Humanities) for a presentation and guided conversation, on Feb. 17, from 1–2 p.m. In this conversation, we consider the reliance on guest speakers within EDI work and how this “add on” approach limits true institutional transformation. We will discuss the additional professional and personal burdens that these requests place on colleagues of color and Indigenous colleagues, the role of Indigenous values (Christensen, 2011; Christensen & Poupart, n.d.2012) of respect, reciprocity, responsibility, and relationship in fostering equity-oriented instruction, and how equity-oriented educators can build their own capacity to integrate their curriculum and instruction beyond the use of guest speakers.

Resources and Session Recording

You can watch the recording from this session and engage with some reflection questions with the PlayPosit bulb in this blog post.

Opening Access: Understanding the Neuroscience of Traumatic Stress and Its Impact on Engagement and Learning with Dr. Mays Imad (Feb. 21, 3–4:30 p.m.)

Join Dr. Mays Imad and the CATL staff on Feb. 21 from 3–4:30 p.m. as we consider the notion of psychological trauma—why it happens and how it impacts our body and brain. We will examine the connections between stress and trauma and how stress can become traumatic when not acknowledged or managed. We will examine the neuroscience of traumatic stress and its impact on our ability to engage, connect, and learn. We will reflect on the questions of how we will welcome our students and colleagues to our institutions and classrooms this semester and beyond. What can we, educators, possibly do to help attend to their mental health and ameliorate their exhaustion and distress, while at the same time intentionally engaging in self-care? We will consider the imperative of self-care while caring for others. Last, we will examine the principles, notable misconceptions, and practical examples of trauma-informed care, and reflect on the connections between trauma-informed education, healing, and restorative justice.

Resources and Session Recording

View a selection of follow-up resources on trauma-informed pedagogy and the session recording (requires UWGB credentials to view).

“I’ll never forget...I had to go to campus to take an exam and I had no other option but to bring my daughter with me because I didn’t have childcare. I sat in the chair and asked if she could just sit by me while I took it. They told me I couldn’t.” 

Event Follow-Up: Student Parent Advocacy Panel

This post was co-authored by Dr. Katia Levintova; Shannon Ribich, a 2021-22 Equity, and Inclusion Intern; and Kate Farley, one of CATL’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultants. 

Katia Levintova (Democracy and Justice Studies | 2021-22 EDI Consultant) facilitated a panel of student parents—Anthony Blake, Candace Hoch, and Carl Woitekaitis—on Nov. 11, 2021, from 12–1 via Zoom. Dr. Levintova led the discussion by reviewing the findings from her forthcoming publication with Dr. Kim Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies) and summarized some of the survey data and challenges they collected about student parents at UWGB, which are consistent with the national statistics and trends.  

  • Survey of student parents and non-parents on our campus revealed that student parents take significantly longer to complete their degrees but have comparable or higher GPAs than their non-parent peers. 
  • Student parents prefer online and hybrid formats of instruction over other modalities.  
  • They are also more likely to use Veteran Lounge, MESA, and Career Services and less likely to use the Wellness Center, Learning Center, and, especially, Kress Event Center compared to their non-parent counterparts.  
  • Student parents lag behind non-parent students in accessing HIPs, especially teaching assistantships, undergraduate research opportunities, study abroad, and leadership of student organizations. 
  • Student parents are much less likely to attend co- and extra-curricular offerings on our campus, but the lack of access and ability to partake in these important educational offerings does not mean that they are not interested in having meaningful and challenging learning experiences.  
  • On a classroom level, student parents report facing additional challenges with group projects and certain classroom policies and types of assignments.  

In the panel, Dr. Levintova asked the students questions about whether their experiences as a student parent were typical or not; what things instructors have done that have helped them succeed; and what access barriers exist at UWGB for participating in high-impact practices and co-curricular activities. Here are some ways we can make our university and our courses more student parent friendly. 

Changes to Advocate for at an Institutional Level 

  • Create student parent groups that allow students to co-op for things like notetaking, childcare, or other resources. 
  • Provide options for childcare that are either financially subsidized or are available on campus, including drop-off options for student parents so that they can attend campus events and utilize campus services. 
  • Consider partnerships with NWTC or UWGB Early Childhood Development students/faculty to provide childcare. 
  • Create flexible paths through a program so that students can graduate more quickly. 
  • Have more family-oriented extra-curricular events on campus for student parents to bring their children to campus. 
  • Create opportunities for student parents to engage in internships, undergraduate research, or peer mentoring in the major. 
  • Offer more creative ways to accommodate student parents’ lack of time, including rethinking how we count hours for internships and offering more paid internships to compensate for lost income of working parents. 
  • Increase awareness or advertisement of services such as the Wellness Center and Learning Center, which are currently underutilized by student parents. 

Changes You Can Make in the Classroom 

  • Share your syllabi with students ahead of time. 
  • Create multiple options for students to participate in the class (synchronous and asynchronous). 
  • If the classes you teach are synchronous, consider using class time for group work. 
  • If the classes you teach are asynchronous, consider asking students about scheduling challenges they might have, and intentionally group students together who may have similar availability. 
  • For students unable to contribute to group assignments or in-class assignments, create alternative individual assignments and state it on the syllabus. 
  • Grade group work individually. 
  • Provide a statement about flexibility on your syllabi that explicitly lists caregiving as something you would like students to share with you so that you can accommodate them. 
  • Assume good intent and trust your students. 

This was the first event in the year-long programming designed to make our classrooms and our academic offerings more student parent friendly. Participants who attend these events or engage with these resources about creating more inclusive class environments are eligible to earn a badge through CATL. Keep an eye out in March for the next event in this programming series.