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MCTL Fall Celebration

As a way of welcoming everyone back to campus and celebrating the amazing work of our colleagues, MCTL is pleased to host a Celebration of Teaching and Learning for the second year in a row.

We hope that this event will offer a chance for all faculty and staff to reconnect. This event will also provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the incredible and innovative work of all of our colleagues across campus. A more detailed schedule is below. Feel free to join us for the entire event or drop in on one of the sessions as your schedule allows. Masks are strongly recommended.

Fall Celebration of Teaching and Learning


1:15-1:45 pm   Introduction by MCTL Interim Director

Welcome by Provost Furge

Appetizers Available

1:45-2:45 pm – Panel Discussion 1

Navigating uncertainty: Creating supportive classroom spaces in this unpredictable world

Description:  As we are preparing to return to the classroom this fall, there is an acknowledgment that none of us are the same. It is imperative for faculty to try and understand the experiences that students have had prior to college and how it might be affecting their learning in college. Our teaching and interactions need to account for these lived experiences. This panel will discuss strategies for being understanding and flexible while also maintaining the importance of personal responsibility and accountability.

Facilitator:  Stefanie Sinno (Psychology)

Panelists: Kassandra Hartford (Music), Elizabeth Nathanson (Media & Communication), Jorge Silveyra (Computer Science) and Stefanie Sinno (Psychology)

2:45-3:00 pm – Coffee/Snack Break and Reflection

3:00-4:00 pm – Panel Discussion 2

Antiracist conversations: Classroom reflections on social location and identity

Description: Reflections on personal identity are a powerful tool of antiracist pedagogy and are necessary for decentering whiteness. American author, child psychiatrist, and professor emeritus at Harvard University Robert Coles uses the term “location” to identify all the experiences and identities that influence the way we see the world. Coles states,“we notice what we notice in accordance with who we are.” This panel of faculty colleagues will share how they facilitate student reflection and class conversation about social identity, including race.

Facilitator:  Jess Denke (Trexler Library)

Panelists:   Natalie Gotter (Dance), Justin Preddie (Psychology), Sarah Runcie (History) and Charles Collett (Physics)

4:00-5:00 pm – Wine and Cheese Reception


Aug 24 2022


1:15 pm - 5:00 pm

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