FLO Friday: Not ‘just’, but Just: Conversations on Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Responsive Teaching

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Session Description:

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Today’s classrooms reflect diversity in language, ethnicity, values, and worldviews. Although we tend to think technology has made the world a smaller place, our ability to engage with diversity is still limited. Post-secondary institutions expect students to adapt to their environment, denying them the opportunity to validate and share their lived experiences and learn from them. By valuing student contributions, you can be an agent of social change and create learning spaces where everyone benefits. This one-hour session will introduce you to useful resources and activities to learn from and hopefully use in your classroom. With examples of culturally responsive teaching practices, the workshop will invite you to reflect on your role as a change agent and to develop strategies for your teaching and learning context. We’ll examine the work of Drs. Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo on social justice; Dr. Betina Love on diversity in education; and Indigenous scholars such as Mi’kmaq educator Dr. Marie Battiste, Potowatomi educator Dr. Susan Dion, and Elder Willie Ermine, among others.

Facilitator Biography:

Dr. Carmen Rodríguez de France acknowledges the privilege and responsibilities she holds in living on the land of the W̱SÁNEĆ and lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Nations in B.C. Born and raised in Monterrey, México, Carmen is a member of the Department of Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, where she facilitates courses on Indigenous education, knowledge, and ways of knowing and collaborates with other programs across campus such as the social justice and Latin American studies programs. Her career in education spans 37 years. She previously worked as a schoolteacher and most recently worked with pre-service and in-service teachers in diverse educational contexts.

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