Tough Talk: Gender Bias in Big Data

We’re going to run our “Tough Talks” a little differently this semester! Please sign up to be enrolled in a Canvas course, through which we’ll host asynchronous discussions covering readings and resources our co-facilitators find of value for this topic. We’ll leave the discussions open for about three weeks, and then those of us who are able meet, will convene to discuss some actionable, tangible strategies or steps we can take to affect change at UW-Green Bay.

Our first “Tough Talk” is about gender bias in big data which will be co-facilitated by Dr. Christine Smith, Psychology & Women’s and Gender Studies. We’ll discuss chapters from the book Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez as well as some other resources—all of which are available via the Canvas course. This course will have “rolling enrollment” but the discussions for this event will run between Oct. 1–Oct. 21. Our synchronous meeting will be held Oct. 22 from 3-4 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. Sign up for this event series here.

Tough Talks: Intersectional Identities

These talks engage our entire campus community in difficult conversations about the state of teaching, learning, and higher education. We designed them to bring folks with a variety of perspectives together to take part in thoughtful conversations about pressing issues.

This year, we’ve isolated a theme around “intersectionality” to provide ourselves with space to support our students and colleagues.

Watch for more information in the next few weeks about this series, collaborators, sessions, and opportunities to engage. 

Tough Talk: Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education

Watch for a date the week of March 30-April 3

Watch for an email about how to sign up for the next CATL “Tough Talk” around the book Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education by editors Heather J. Shotton, Shelly C. Lowe, and Stephanie J. Waterman. This book will help us lead discussions about how to better support our First Nations students and support those who are trying to remove the asterisk as a signaling tool for First Nations peoples in research and practice. Please sign up for a book here!

Tough Talks: Student Evaluations of Teaching

When: April 3rd, 3:45pm-5pm

Where: MAC 201, Green Bay Campus, Streaming option 


Facilitator: Jessica Van Slooten, Associate Professor, English and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), UWGB Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin Green Bay-Manitowoc Campus 

Student evaluations—these semester rituals provoke intense debate and reactions from faculty, administrators, and students alike. From glowing reviews to low response rates, biased comments to questionable purposes, student evaluations spark conversations about student voice, equitable evaluation, and best practices. In this “tough talk,” we will review current research on student evaluations, learn about models from different institutions, and discuss the future of student evaluations at UWGB. A live stream of the event will be available for those unable to attend in person.

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Tough Talks: Teaching to the Transition from High School to College

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When: March 6, 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Where: MAC 201 or virtually via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Join us for a tough talk with Vince Lowery, Associate Professor of  Humanities and History, and interim director of the GPS Program.

We often assume that when students enter our classrooms they’re prepared to engage in conversations and work on our terms, but have you ever stopped to think about what they understand education to be based on in relation to their high school experiences? Or, perhaps more importantly, what they’re going through outside the classroom as they adapt to a new environment? If you have, to what extent does your course reflect and effort to support students through that transition? We’ll tackle this tough talk and the ways we might best support a successful transition for first-year students.

Let us know if you can make it by registering here: Sign up here

If you choose to attend virtually, we will send you a link to the virtual room.