Events

Brave Space Coffee Hour

June 4, 2021, we will host the last Brave Space Coffee Hour for the semester.

You are invited to attend Brave Space Coffee Hour this Spring. In these Zoom-based sessions you can practice discussion facilitation techniques to use in your courses and explore research-based strategies for co-creating knowledge in inclusive classrooms. Please bring your thoughts and a cup of your favorite tea or coffee.

Each Friday, we will post a topic to inspire the next week’s discussions. We have a growing list of timely topics, chosen to elicit thoughtful dialogue. Feel free to submit topics you wish to discuss to ctle@syr.edu. Registration is not necessary. Log into your SU Zoom account and click this link to join us at any time during the hour.

Brave Space Coffee Hour will occur twice a week.
• Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.                   • Fridays, 3-4 p.m.
You are welcome to attend one or both sessions each week.

Topic for Tuesday, May 31 and Friday, June 4: Discussion Strategies
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please refer to the sections listed below from the article Diversity Discussion Starters to inspire the discussion.
• Discussion Starter 1
• Discussion Starter 8
• Discussion Starter 9
Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, May 25 and Friday, May 27: Pedagogical Decisions
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please refer to a list of questions to inspire the discussion.
Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, May 18 and Friday, May 21: Teaching Goals Inventory
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please read the Teaching Goals Inventory to inspire the discussion. If you wish, feel free to take the Teaching Goals Inventory. It may be found online in two versions, however, the version which is scored online also records your responses in a database:

Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, May 11 and Friday, May 14: Reflective Teaching
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please refer to the webpage, “End-of-the-Semester Reflection from the Teachers Point of View” to inspire the discussion.
Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, May 4 and Friday, May 7: Asking Big Questions
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please refer to the newsletter article, “Inclusive Teaching Moves to Center Stage” to inspire the discussion.
Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, April 27 and Friday, April 30: Doing Discussion Boards Differently*
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please refer to the podcast, “Online Discussion Boards: Creative Ideas to Spark Better Conversations and Engage Students”, to inspire the discussion. There is also a transcript of the podcast available.
Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.
*Please attend a session to unpack these ideas before you try them in your courses.

Topic for Tuesday, April 20 and Friday, April 23: Using Microaffirmations in Class
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please refer to the article, Accentuate the Positive, to inspire the discussion.
Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, April 13 and Friday, April 16: Interrogating Entitlement
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please refer to the article “Who Serves Your Cake?” to inspire the discussion.
Join us this week to share your thoughts and questions. Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, April 6 and Friday, April 9: Outsmarting Unconscious Bias
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can share with your students.
Please refer to this YouTube video: “How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias”
and this list of strategies: “Five Policies That Outsmart Unconscious Bias in Your Company”
This topic grew out of last week’s discussion. Please join us this week to share your thoughts and questions. Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, March 30 and Friday, April 2: Stereotyping
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can use with your students.
Please refer to this YouTube video: “The Danger of a Single Story”
and this list of techniques: “Self-Help Tools for Participants.”
Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Friday, March 26: Cultural Humility
This week, practice a dialogue tool that you can use with your students.
Please refer to this Social Work Practitioner blog post
-OR- this YouTube video for information on Cultural Humility. Although this is the topic for the session, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic for Tuesday, March 16 and Friday, March 19: “What do we owe each other?”
This week, practice some dialogue tools that you can use with your students.
The Inside Higher Ed article, “A Death, a Suspension” will launch the discussion. Although this is the topic for the week, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic* for Tuesday, March 9 and Friday, March 12: Working with International Students in the Classroom
Guiding Question: If you were going to study for a degree in a place where English is not commonly spoken, what/who would you need?
o What/who would make you feel welcome?
o What/who would make you feel included?
This article on working with international students will inspire the discussion.
*Although this is the topic for the week, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic* for Tuesday, March 2 and Friday, March 5: “On Diversity: Access Ain’t Inclusion”
*Although this is the topic for the week, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.
This short video on Access, Inclusion, Hidden Curriculum, and First-Generation college students will inspire the discussion.

Topic* for Tuesday, February 23 and Friday, February 26: Facilitating Classroom Discussions on Sensitive Topics
*Although this is the topic for the week, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.
This document on Facilitating Classroom Discussions on Sensitive Topics will inspire the discussion.

Topic for Tuesday, February 16 and Friday, February 19: Inclusive Classrooms
This article on inclusive classrooms will be discussed.

Topic for Tuesday, February 9 and Friday, February 12: Privilege
This document on privilege will be discussed.

Topic for Tuesday, February 2 and Friday, February 5: Balancing Act
Two short readings will be discussed.
Reading 1
Reading 2

Topic for Tuesday, January 26 and Friday, January 29: What is a Brave Space?
This reading on brave spaces will be discussed. (*Note: Future readings will be much shorter in length.)


Focus on Teaching and Learning: Lunch and Learn Series

This series is a collaborative effort with Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and aims to build your skills and knowledge while engaging in conversation and discussion with colleagues during a lunch and learn format. Connect your work with the workshop topic and leave with concrete ideas for incorporating it into your classroom experience.

Getting the Most Out of Mid-Course Feedback
Requesting and responding to student feedback are integral to creating engaging educational experiences. Students are best at voicing what it’s like to be a learner in your course, and what small changes you can make midway to deepen their learning. Learn more about how the CTLE can assist you in gathering and using student feedback, as well as how you can use the University’s new course feedback platform, EvaluationKIT, to gather input from your students.

Asynchronous


Weekly Zoom Series with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and Information Technology Services

This monthly “Lunch and Learn” session is an informal gathering designed to provide information to faculty about best practices and approaches to teaching and instructional technology. The session provides an opportunity for faculty members to ask questions and participate in discussion with Martha Diede from the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) and Michael Morrison from the Online Learning Services (OLS) unit of Information Technology Services as well as invited guests.

Register for the Teaching and Technology Tuesdays online.

Next session: TBD

Previous sessions: visit the Teaching and Technology Tuesdays homepage for available recordings and resources from previous sessions.

DEIA Workshop Series

This series of workshops designed for faculty will heighten awareness of and provide worthwhile practice with issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as they relate to the college classroom. Faculty who complete the five experiences will earn certificates of completion.

Identifying and Reducing Implicit Bias in Pedagogical Decision-Making

This workshop affords participants a chance to explore some common types of implicit bias as they relate to education and fosters opportunities to think through ways to reduce these types of bias in higher education courses. Please register online to participate.

Available online via BlackBoard

Establishing Civility and Positive Climate in Your Teaching Environment

This workshop affords participants a chance to explore strategies for fostering civil behavior and positive climate in their courses. Please register online to participate.

Available online via BlackBoard

Problematizing Identity and Intersectionality on the College Campus

Explore the topics of identity and intersectionality as they relate to college teaching and learning. Please register online to attend.

Available online via BlackBoard

Transparent Teaching: An Evidence-Based Inclusive Practice

Evidence shows that making assignments transparent can positively impact students’ course performance and remove barriers to student success. Transparent teaching practices help to make classrooms inclusive and to create equitable learning experiences. Please register online to participate.

Available online via BlackBoard

Navigating Challenges of Diversity in the Classroom

Work through reality-based classroom scenarios dealing with issues of diversity and inclusion using a framework designed to build equity literacy. Please register online to participate.

Available online via BlackBoard