Teaching in Troubled Times

More Than Words: In Conversation with the Language Of Racial and Social Justice-Making

*Update: Event Rescheduled to Tuesday, November 2, 12-1:30pm on Zoom. If you have already registered, we will can contact you with the new information shortly.

Commitments to the work that connects diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging/justice, anti-racism, anti-Blackness, anti-white supremacy and abolition work, are deep and rich. Each of these terms also have motivations and genealogies. Join us in a discussion focused on unpacking the relationships between these frameworks and how they help us better understand and situate...

What to Do If ICE Comes to Campus: Rights, Recommendations, and Resources

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The ongoing national conversation about immigration status lies across a bipartisan political landscape, but recent statements made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan indicate that enforcement will be significantly increased and specifically target California.

In response, across the U.C. system broadly and at U.C. Berkeley specifically, procedures and recommendations have been shared as to how we can best prepare to support all members of our undocumented community. However, there are understandable questions...

Back Together: What Did We Learn that We Don’t Want to Lose?

*Update: the workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, and not at the Multicultural Community Center (MCC). After the event, we will host a small gathering with lights snack at the MCC Everyone who has registered will receive the meeting information on Zoom. For any questions, please email Amy Scharf.

What revelations have teaching, learning and living during...

Community Reflections During COVID-19

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During times of crisis and disruption, it’s natural to default to very practical and immediate concerns. These are important. But as instructors, we also care about our students as people and as members of families and communities facing a multitude of challenges. We want to create conditions for them to thrive, even as we ourselves are learning to adapt to new and unfamiliar challenges. How do we ground ourselves in what’s important for each of us and our values, when everything is being upended? How do we sustain ourselves, meet the ever-changing needs of our students--...

Difficult Knowledge, Trauma Informed Pedagogy and Safe-ish Spaces

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Violence and trauma are all around us—fatal shootings by police, sexual violence, family separations, addiction, abuse, displacement of refugees. Often, these situations give rise to individual healing journeys and collective efforts to create change. But the pain and loss embedded in them also have a damaging effect long after the events have passed.

We invite many difficult experiences into our classrooms, historically intimate and distant, often through written and visual text depicting traumatic events and experiences. At the same time, we have many students...

Researching/Teaching in Troubled Times 4/30 and 5/7

As we move towards the end of thesemester, we invite you to join us for two timely conversations, one focused on research impacts during COVID-19 and one focused on teaching. Both will center issues of equity, inclusion, diversity and belonging. The programs are intended as open-ended, peer conversations
for participants to talk about their experiences, ask questions, and
share ideas and resources with colleagues from across campus. We hope
you will join us. If possible, please RSVP so...

Beyond Accommodation: Changing the Disability Frame

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Discussions of disability on college campuses often focus on how we can support and accommodate individual needs and meet compliance requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act. With this panel of and dialogue sessions, we hope to expand that important conversation. On November 18, 2019, Berkeley faculty, graduate student instructors, staff, and students were invited to think in creative and visionary ways about culture, structure, teaching and learning, and broader institutional transformation. Some key discussion questions included:

How can we as a campus...

Inviting Students to Bring Themselves to Class: Connecting Learning and Lived Experiences

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In higher education, we want learning to be relevant to students’ lives, but how often do we explicitly incorporate students’ lives--who they are, what they know, where they come from--into our teaching and research? How do we take an asset-based approach, drawing upon the diversity of Berkeley's student population as well as our own subject matter expertise, to create a richer learning experience for everyone? What does this look like across different disciplines and what's at stake?