Thursday, February 16, 2017

Graduate & Professional Education Assembly 2017

Creating Inclusive Scholarly Communities

Join us on April 5 for a series of provocative discussions on what we are doing—and what we could do better—to welcome, nurture and ultimately graduate our students.

Graduate & professional students, faculty and administrators are invited to contribute to the conversation and to learn about a unique approach and process for examining our current state and identifying strategies for improvement.

Our graduate programs are remarkable in their diversity—not only in the great disciplinary breadth they represent, but also with respect to the students they serve. Our students hail from 135 countries around the world. They reflect different racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as differences in sexual orientation and expression, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status and life experience. Some are “new Americans,” who left everything behind—including families—to come here. This extraordinary diversity enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. It is fundamental to how we learn and work, to our belief that we are ennobled by understanding, and to our commitment to search for truth and improve society.

But, how do we create the kind of inclusive graduate community that supports all students when they represent so many differences?

  • What can we do to create scholarly communities that welcome, support and nurture all students while they pursue degrees here? What resources and tools will lead to better outcomes?
  • What are the characteristics of a supportive climate? What are the most common characteristics of programs that are not inclusive and supportive?
  • What do institutional data tell us about the character of our scholarly communities, and how can we use these data to improve?
  • What do we mean by “cultural competence”? How can we as individuals improve our cultural competence, regardless of our University roles?
  • How can we redouble our efforts to build supportive communities in our current political climate?

Morning Session: 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

  • Featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon, Professor & Director of the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

    • What do institutional data tell us about the character of our scholarly communities, and how can we use these data to improve?
    • What can we do to create communities that welcome, support and nurture all scholars? What resources and tools will lead to better outcomes?
    • How can we redouble our efforts to build supportive communities in our current political climate?

Buffet Lunch: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 1:15 - 3:00 p.m.

  • Moderated table discussions

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Event Details

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mississippi Room, CMU

Agenda

Morning Session: 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Buffet Lunch: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 1:15 - 3:00 p.m.

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