30 sessions planned for Teach-In

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For one day, discussion on campus will focus on inequality, social justice and privilege during a unique event created to raise awareness of implicit and explicit bias and suggest actions for building a more inclusive environment.

“Teach-In: Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues” is set for Wednesday, March 26, from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. in the Mary Idea Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.

Karen Gipson, chair of the Executive Committee of University Academic Senate, said the event is motivated by bias incidents on campus and the need to address the concepts of power and privilege and acts of discrimination and oppression.

Nearly 30 sessions are planned throughout the day; most are collaborative presentations by faculty members and students.

Kathryn Remlinger, professor of English, and students in her Language and Power class will give a presentation focused on the “everyday language of modern racism.”

She said the class has discussed how people use language to maintain, challenge and create social constructs like race and gender. “The Teach-In is giving us the opportunity to share what we know, foster awareness on campus and help effect positive change,” she said.

The Teach-In is sponsored by the Executive Committee of UAS. Collaborative partners are the Division of Inclusion and Equity, Dean of Students Office, LGBT Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, and Women’s Center.

Click here for a schedule of sessions.