University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Professional development opportunity on diversity offered

Faculty Learning Community 2013: Diversity, Isms, and Otherness, is set for Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 9 in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Leveraging the eye-opening book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Professor Michelle Alexander, this four-session faculty learning community experience is designed to build knowledge of scaffolding on topics relating to diversity, isms, and otherness.

In these sessions, participants practice how to identify windows of learning opportunity in the midst of student frustrations.

There will also be opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue, self-reflection, resource sharing and group discussion. Participants will build skills necessary for engaging people using listening acuity, nuanced language, well-timed questions, and attentive facilitation. Each participant receives a copy of the book.

This Faculty Learning Community is designed and facilitated by Malika Carter, director of Multicultural Student Services, and co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Services and the Office of Instructional Development.  If you have questions about the learning community, contact Malika Carter or Kathleen Vacek.

Applications are due Sept. 2. To apply, complete the application or call Linda Skarsten at 777.4259.  Your book and first learning opportunity will arrive prior to the first meeting.