Teaching Center May 2019 Workshops

This is a reminder for Belmont faculty to RSVP via email for the upcoming Teaching Center May workshops by Friday, May 3 so we can finalize catering plans. Both workshops will take place on Tuesday, May 7th in the Massey Boardroom. Below, you can see a schedule for the day and brief workshop descriptions.


Gathering time with coffee and pastries – 9:30 – 10:00am

Cultural Humility in the Classroom – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Buffet lunch provided – 12:00 – 1:00pm

“Yes, And” Communication: Improv Exercises for the Classroom – 1:00 – 3:00pm


Cultural Humility in the Classroom
Presented by Dr. Timothy Forde, Vice Provost for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer at Eastern Kentucky University. This workshop is cosponsored by the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experience.

Research on cultural competence has continued to evolve within institutions of higher education, with an increased emphasis on cultural humility, which may be an important construct toward building relationships that honor the diversity of our students who represent marginalized backgrounds due to culture, ethnicity, religion, etc. This workshop will help you answer both the “why” and “how” questions about creating culturally responsive classrooms, regardless of the subject matter you teach.

“Yes, And” Communication: Improv Exercises for the Classroom
Over the last 12 months, many of us have participated in reading groups for If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on my Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda.  For this workshop, Jim Al-Shamma (Theatre), Shawn Knight (Theatre) and Jimmy Davis (Communication Studies) will lead us in some improv theatre techniques similar to those described in the book.  The techniques, designed to facilitate more fruitful and effective communication from us to our students and to increase empathy, could also potentially be used for developing student communication skills.  The workshop will focus on actively engaging with each other to experience the improv exercises first-hand.

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