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Diversity and Inclusion

Transforming Hot Moments into Learning Opportunities, Part 3

February 16, 2021 at 10:00am12:00pm EST

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Faculty are invited to participate in the two-hour workshops “Transforming Hot Moments into Learning Opportunities parts 1, 2, and 3.” Offered by the division of Faculty Affairs within the Office of Academic Affairs, the fast-paced workshops will offer a series of potential responses that participants choose and practice, peer to peer. Real-life scenarios from the college/school/department context will be employed. Interested faculty should attend!

The intermediate sessions give faculty ways to frame the intimate conversations that happen in classrooms when discussing race, class, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual and gender identity, as well as other pertinent topics. “We want people to continually engage in these learning opportunities around diversity and inclusion,” says Marie Garland, assistant provost for faculty affairs. “We want people to practice interactions and to practice responding to interactions that decrease equity and inclusion in a learning environment.”

Developed by School of Education Professors Jeff Mangram and Melissa Luke, this professional development opportunity applies research-supported interpersonal group leadership strategies and focuses on responding to and transforming “hot moments.”

“Hot moments are when someone says or does something that creates inequity or communicates less than full inclusion of all students in the learning space,” says Mangram. “This workshop empowers faculty members, as leaders in the learning space, to respond to these moments so they can right the ship and help students learn.” Luke adds that “by increasing the range of potential responses, faculty are more prepared to transform hot moments into learning experiences that center the well-being of their students.”

These three workshops are inter-related but not sequential. They are designed so that faculty can attend starting with any of the three sessions and proceed with the remaining workshops. These workshops are part of the university commitment to professional development opportunities related to diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity offered throughout the academic year.

Contact Jeff Mangram at and Melissa Luke at for more information about scheduling.

This event was first published on January 11, 2021 and last updated on January 12, 2021.

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