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Equity Advancing Showcase on Education (EASE)


Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, in partnership with the Center for Engaged Teaching & Learning

As the culminating event of a year-long multi-disciplinary learning community, the purpose of EASE is to explore a variety of topics associated with successfully supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom and other learning spaces (e.g., decolonizing pedagogy and effective teaching strategies that facilitate transformative learning for our diverse student population). The series of virtual sessions that make up EASE will draw a distinction between anti-racist pedagogy and anti-racist teaching and showcase how ideally anti-racist teaching and anti-racist pedagogy work in tandem; however, any course, regardless of subject/content, can and should employ anti-racist pedagogy. EASE will also elevate student voices and highlight their experiences of equity, diversity, and inclusion across various learning spaces during the student panel and throughout the day.

EASE 2021 Recordings

Equity Advancing Showcase on Education (EASE) 2021 Themes 

Learning Invitations

Building on Purkey & Novak's  ideas about intentionally "summoning students cordially" into our Learning spaces, this panel will explore strategies for building classroom community, revealing and decoding the "hidden curriculum," and language choices for essential course policies and documents (syllabi and assignments) 

Decolonized Pedagogy

Seeking for holding space for all cultures and knowledge systems in the curriculum and being aware that what is being taught frames the world, this panel will explore ways of reframing course CLO's, creating anti-racist course content, "flipping the classroom," helping students manage cognitive load, and identifying and leveraging students' community cultural wealth 


Liberatory Teaching

Disrupting the "banking system" of education and practicing Freire's critical pedagogy, the panel will explore decentering authority (the professor as "sage on the stage"), lifting students agency, and practicing transparent teaching in a culturally responsive manner 


Non-Violent Assessment

Symbolic violence replicates dominant norms, is manifested in the power differentials between groups, and reinforced through coercive practices. This will explore the ways many traditional assessment practices violence against students and will propose an alternative that celebrates student assets (not deficits)