2022 Trauma Informed Workshops
During the 2022 academic year, the TIII office, sponsored three trauma-informed workshop opportunities and professional development workshops for faculty and staff. These workshops were an important step in our community’s progress. With the NVU unification, threat of University system closure, the COVID-19 pandemic, and upcoming transformation, we have experienced shared loss, uncertainty, and pain. The trauma-informed opportunities offered space for the NVU community to come together and heal at an important moment in our University’s trajectory.
Creating a Trauma-Responsive University: Fostering Validating Relationships, Community & Healing – lead and curated by Dr. Mays Imad, Dr. Laura Rendon, and Dr. John Gardner.
2021 NVU Summer Inclusive Pedagogy Institute
Through the support of the Title III grant, the Center for Teaching and Learning provided resources and a small stipend for faculty to explore the following aspects of course and syllabus design:
- Culturally responsive and antiracist pedagogies
- Course policies and syllabus front matter
- Universal Design for Learning
- Course accessibility
- Open-access resources
- Inclusive uses of technology
- Facilitating challenging conversations in the classroom
- Strategies for encouraging student learning outside of a policing context
“Nothing motivates the need for inclusive pedagogy more than examining cases where traditional pedagogical practices fail—and why. The discussions in this course, representative of a variety of experiences from a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, made me think about my own approaches to teaching—and my biases toward how students should learn—in new ways.”
-Bradley Beth, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
High Impact Classroom Experiences:
- Funding for actor and director Woody Fu was allocated so Fu can visit Isaac Eddy’s improv class to lead a session on improv acting and the session will be open to the public online. Woody is known for Lucky Grandma (2019) Pose (2018) and Roy Wood Jr.: The Avenging Ones (2019).
- Funding for a new virtual student orientation program through Swiftkick was provided. The program’s goals were to: Connect First-Year Students to the university mission, vision, and core values; Build strong connections between First-Year Students; Provide specific strategies to excel within the first 90 days of school.
- The grant provided funding for 20 students to virtually attend the International Symposium of Electronic Art with Associate Professor Sean Clute.
- The grant brought a virtual program called the Mystery Feast to NVU increase student engagement around the very important topic of systemic racism.
- Copies of X+Y A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender by Eugenia Cheng were purchased as a supplemental text for Pre-calculus students. The approach taken by the author allowed students the opportunity to see how societal issues can be viewed through a mathematical lens, and how the mathematical thinking process can be used to seek the consistency of logic that allows calling foul on poor, inconsistent, presumption-based analyses that are far too common.