Date(s) - Thursday April 21
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Smith Hall, Room 104A

While we’ve become accustomed to hearing terms like “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” rarely do we openly discuss whiteness or white privilege and how these factors impact our lives and the lives of others. In Debby Irving’s recent book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, she explores the racial tensions she experienced for much of her life in both personal and professional relationships and shares her journey of white awareness and the shift in her worldview. This session will involve reading Irving’s text during the spring semester and will culminate in an April 21st book study roundtable. Through participation in this activity, we should gain insight on how such factors impact engagement, interactions, and relationships with our students and our colleagues. The first 15 participants who register for the April session will be provided with a complimentary copy of the text. Light refreshments will be served.

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Marla McGhee

This event will be presented by Marla McGhee.  As the Koehler Center Student Engagement fellow, Marla McGhee will target pedagogy, curriculum, and the mind-brain connection in light of what resonates with 21st century learners. A life long educator with over two decades in public schools and 15 years in higher education, Marla has spent the bulk of her career focused on engaging students and improving learning outcomes. Having taught and worked at the undergraduate, masters, Ph.D. and Ed.D. levels in large and small settings, she has a wide variety of experiences that inform her thinking and practice. Because today’s students are challenging our educational paradigms, having grown up in a screen oriented, digital world with just-in-time information at their fingertips, her work as a Koehler Center fellow for student engagement will support faculty seeking to connect with 21st century learners.