Sep 06 2011

Consortium Reps Meeting and Learning through an Integrated Approach

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Biannual Representatives Meeting
Fostering Civic, Intercultural, and Ethical Learning:
An Integrated Approach

hosted by
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio

Conference Agendas
Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th

FRIDAY, June 17th

9:00-10:00 AM                Continental Breakfast

9:30-10:00 AM                Welcome Remarks and Introductions, Edward Pittman,
CHAS Steering Board Chair and Associate Dean of the College
for Campus Life, Vassar College

10:00 – 11:00 AM          In Here/Out There: The Liberal Arts Campus and Civic
Engagement In a Diverse Democracy?

David Scobey, Executive Dean of The New School for General
Studies and Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy

Introduction by Leslie Hill, Assoc. Professor of Political Science and
Spec. Asst. to the President, Bates College & CHAS Steering Board Member

11:00 – 11:15 AM              Break

11:15 AM– 12:00 PM      An Extended Discussion with David Scobey

12:00 – 1:00 PM              Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM                Faculty presentation by
Yolanda Cruz, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Biology, Oberlin College
2:00 – 2:15 PM      Break
2:15 – 3:15 PM               ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Student and Institutional Engagements with  Campus  Diversity,
Conflict, and Controversy

Our campuses are often the site of offensive incidents and contentious
issues that challenge our missions of inclusion and fostering affirming
learning environments. This session seeks to encourage dialogue and
resource sharing around the following questions:

·  How do we negotiate supporting, advocating for, and
empowering students to think about and engage their
relationships to the institution during crisis moments?

· What steps can we take to support students in navigating
campus structures to engender meaningful responses?

·  Are there established processes for engaging students—and
strategic planning–during and following incidents and
controversy on your campus? If so, what are they and how effective
are these processes?

·  What are measures for institutional accountability and follow-up
once the dust has settled and the campus returns to normal?

3:15 – 3:30 PM              FUTURE DIRECTION

FRIDAY, June 17th

5:30 p.m.          Reception and dinner, PETERS HALL

7:00 p.m.          Welcome by Eric Estes, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center and
Associate Dean of Academic Diversity, Oberlin College
Comments by Olivia Arinze, Bonner Scholar, Mellon Mays Fellows, Oberlin College
Comments by Sean Decatur, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Oberlin College
8:00 p.m.          Social Gathering

, June 18th

8:30 a.m.           Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.           Welcome and Schedule Overview by Kathryn Stuart, Dean of Studies, Oberlin College

9:00-10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I

Community-based Learning and Research: Faculty and Staff Collaborations,
Beth Blissman, Director, Bonner Center for Service and Learning, Oberlin College
Baron Pineda, Chair and Associate Professor, Anthropology, Oberlin College

·        What are the best practices around administrative structures, resources, and
intra-institutional collaboration

·        What are best support structures for faculty?  What percentage of faculty is
involved in this kind of work and in what fields of study?

Rethinking the Relationship between the Local and Global
Rumi Shammin, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
Sebastiaan Faber, Professor, Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College

·        How do we help students understand the big picture by questioning and, at
times, complicating the distinctions between the local and global?

·        How do we foster internationalization, transnational approaches, and the
teaching of global concepts inside and outside of the classroom (for
example, curricular offerings and integrated study-away opportunities)?

Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship
Ed Pittman, Associate Dean of the College, Vassar College
Andrea Kalyn, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College

·         How do we help support our students become socially responsible
·         How do we build connections between intercultural knowledge and
experience as a critical part of entrepreneurship?

10:15-10:30 a.m.            Break

10:30-11:45 a.m.            Concurrent Sessions II

Building Intercultural Knowledge through Ethical Reflection
and Responsible  Learning

Eric Estes, director of the Multicultural Resource Center and Associate Dean for
Academic Diversity, Oberlin College
Rolando Arroyo-Sucre, Chief Officer of Diversity and Equity, Bucknell University

·      How do we educate students about engaging in communities that are not their
·      What are best practices for helping students create connections between
meaningful reflection and stated learning outcomes?

Preparing Students for Leadership Opportunities after Graduation through
Applied Knowledge

Joyce Babyak, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate
Professor of Religion, Oberlin College
Karla Spurlock-Evans, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Trinity College

·        How can we envision and build a vertical curriculum for teaching ethical and
responsible leadership?
·        How do we cultivate effective mentors among faculty, staff and alumni to
guide students as they synthesize and apply their learning?

Engaged Learning through Social Activism,
Leslie Hill, Associate Professor, Political Science and
Special Assistant to the President, Bates College
Maria Tucker, director of the Draper Center, Pomona College

·        How do we help students think about social activism as experiential learning
and as more than direct action protest?
·        How do we, as educators, role model social activism for our students?

12:00-1:00 p.m. LUNCH,
1:15-2:45 p.m.  Concurrent Session Reports and Discussion,
2:45-3:15 p.m.               Concluding Comments, Reflections, and Plans for the Future,

3:15 p.m.                      Adjourn

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