The Office of the Provost is sponsoring a yearlong series of workshops organized broadly around university initiatives intended to promote excellence in teaching, practice, and scholarship and make the classroom, studio, and community-based laboratory more democratic and critical spaces. Some of the workshops will focus on inclusive teaching, offering faculty a chance to improve intercultural competencies in working with the diverse student body at The New School. Other workshops will be geared to faculty interested in advancing equity and social justice in their academic programs and fields.
Principles and Practices for Teaching Social Justice
Paul Gorski, assistant professor, George Mason University
Friday, October 7, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
80 Fifth Avenue, room 529
In this workshop, we discuss strategies and approaches for teaching about social justice. We also explore common challenges that arise whether we are teaching courses explicitly about social justice concerns or broader courses in which we hope to incorporate a social justice lens or framework. We pay particular attention to ways we can help students (and ourselves) shift from a "celebrating diversity" consciousness to a "social justice" consciousness and incorporate current social justice concepts and theories into our courses.
Case Studies and Social Justice:
Using Critical Pedagogy to Engage Students
Katayoun Chamany, associate professor, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Eugene Lang College; member, University Social Justice Committee
Wednesday, October 19, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
72 Fifth Avenue, room 713
Incorporating political and social context in the classroom is a powerful method for attracting and maintaining students' interest. This session provides participants with resources and tools to incorporate social responsibility into the curriculum and into the classroom. We also discuss ways to adapt this pedagogical approach for a variety of courses and educational settings. Participants learn how to use case studies to help move students through real-world problems that require cognitive flexibility and tolerance of multiple worldviews.
Contesting and Negotiating Social Space in the Classroom
Dr. Rebecca A. Walter, associate director, Multicultural Research and Resource Center, George Mason University
Monday, November 14, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
80 Fifth Avenue, room G802
What we don't say is just as important as what we say in the classroom. Our hidden curriculum (unintended norms and outcomes) is just as important as our formal (explicit) curriculum. For example, failing to recognize or address oppressive ideas, comments, and behaviors becomes our hidden curriculum, despite our best intentions. In educational settings, students from marginalized groups (such as working-class people, LGBTQ people, and people of color) bear many of the cognitive, emotional, and social consequences. This workshop explores the idea that a classroom is both a contested and a collaborative space by virtue of identity and lived experience. We share practical strategies to make our classrooms more just and inclusive spaces.
Teaching Across Cultures:
Working with the International Students in Your Classroom
Monique Ngozi Nri, senior director, International Student Services
Tom Sirinides, assistant director, International Student Services
Jeannie Kahaney, director, University Writing Center
Jesse Day, instructor of ESL and critical reading and writing, Parsons The New School for Design; ESL specialist, University Writing Center
Monday, December 2, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
80 Fifth Avenue, room 802
The percentage of international undergraduates at The New School is higher than at any other university in the United States. Since international students are such a significant part of The New School community, it is important for us to recognize the varying educational norms and expectations they bring to the university. In this workshop, we discuss cultural differences, as well as differences in educational systems that may affect international students' classroom experiences. One section of the workshop focuses on providing tools to help international students adjust to U.S. academic writing conventions.
For more information and to RSVP for specific events, please contact Karen Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Co-sponsors for this series include the University Social Justice Committee, the Office of Social Justice Initiatives, the Civic Engagement Committee, and the Office of Curriculum and Learning.
We hope to see you at one or more of these workshops.
Director of Assessment and Curricular Support,
Office of the Provost
Associate Director, Social Justice Initiatives,
Office of the Provost