Crossroads: A Small Group Faculty Forum to Discuss Issues in Diversity and Inclusive Teaching

Monday, March 21, Noon to 1:00pmMCV, Sanger Hall, Room 1038

Wednesday, March 23, Noon to 1:00pmMPC, Division for Inclusive Excellence, Conf Room.

This program is an informal, small-group lunchtime discussion. Attendees can bring any concerns to discuss with the group; facilitators will also offer scenarios for consideration. To encourage discussion, participants are capped at 12. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required the day prior to the event. To register, visit the website below. For more information, contact Melissa Burton at or (804) 828-2898 or visit


Dr. Adrienne Dessell, Co-Associate Director, Program on Intergroup Relations,
University of Michigan

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Aspire Conference Room 1004A

Dialogic Methods for Engaging with Diversity, Power, and Conflict in the Classroom
Dr. Dessell will discuss the importance of inclusive teaching across disciplines, and will provide strategies to prepare faculty for managing conflicts related to multiple social identities (such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability). Offering an overview of the concepts of cultural humility, stereotype threat, socialization, segregation, microaggressions and overt oppression, Dessell will examine higher education’s recent focus on trigger warnings, “safe spaces,” and “brave spaces,” and how faculty content knowledge about these issues, and comfort with conflict, influences teaching style.


Institute on Inclusive Teaching Faculty Fellows:

Past participants of VCU’s Institute on Inclusive Teaching will share how they have been applying new knowledge and understanding gained from the institute experience in their classrooms, courses, curricula, and research.

Dr. Winnie Chan (Assoc Professor, English; Interim Assistant Dean, Humanities and Sciences)
Mr. Thaddeus Fortney (Instructor, Focused Inquiry)
Wednesday, April 6, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Aspire Classroom 1004G

Dr. Faedah Totah
(Associate Professor, Political Science)
Ms. Emily Williams (Instructor, Focused Inquiry)
Thursday, April 14, 3:30-4:30, Aspire Classroom 1004A