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How to Teach and Learn with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 5:30–6:30 p.m., Smith College Campus Center 103/104
Pizza provided for the first 30 attendees

Please join student and faculty Innovation Challenge Grant participants as they reflect upon their recent visit to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. Discussion topics include ways in which the trip can serve as a model for future visits and strategies for incorporating NMAAHC’s innovative materials and methods into Smith College courses across disciplines. See the event flyer:

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Exploring the ABCs of Inclusive Course Design

May 19, 2017, noon–3 p.m. (lunch included)
Kahn Colloquium Room
Sponsors: Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, Provost’s Office, and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
Facilitators: Shannon Audley (EDC) and Borjana Mikic (EGR)

In her book Can We Talk About Race?, author Beverly Tatum argues that only some students are reflected in college course curricula. Using her ABCs of inclusivity (Affirming identity, Building community, and Cultivating leadership) this workshop will: 1) work to uncover what our unspoken assumptions may be in structuring our courses; 2) discuss the potential implications of those assumptions on who is included in the story that our course tells about our field; and 3) reshape our own classes so that they begin to reflect all Smith students. Each workshop participant will be asked to choose a specific course to evaluate, and bring in syllabi and course assignments, so that we can begin the concrete journey of making our own courses more inclusive. Based on the backgrounds and goals of participants (to be collected in advance), we will focus our time together by working on course “stories” and goals, choosing examples and readings, and rethinking the structure of specific assignments through the lens of inclusivity and intersectionality. Prior attendance at the book discussion and/or Dr. Tatum’s talk (see below) is NOT required—all are welcome!

Please RSVP to Johanna Ravenhurst by May 5.


Summer Institute: Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnership

May 23, 2017 and May 24, 2017,  from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
A maximum of 10 Smith College faculty members will spend two full days on the following:

  • Reading and discussing relevant publications on student-faculty partnerships.
  • Focusing on the potential of partnerships to interrupt bias, to support the development of classrooms more welcoming to a diversity of students, and contribute to the design of inclusive curricula.
  • Hearing from students at Smith and elsewhere about their experiences and perspectives on learning, teaching and partnership.
  • Preparing to participate in a partnership during the 2017–18 academic year.
To apply for the institute, send a letter of interest by May 1, 2017, to Floyd Cheung, director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning. In your application please describe possible courses in 2017–18 that could benefit from student-faculty partnership. Faculty participants in the institute are not required but are strongly encouraged to participate in the pilot program itself. Student partners selected later may be eligible for grants or other compensation.

Please refer to our Pedagogical Partnership Pagefor more information about the program.


A Dialogue with Beverly Daniel Tatum on Creating Inclusive Classrooms at Smith College

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 4:30–6 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College

Beverly Daniel Tatum is a scholar, teacher, author and race relations expert. Before becoming a Smith College trustee, Tatum earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and master's in religious studies, taught psychology at Mount Holyoke College and led Spelman College as its ninth president.

On March 1, Sherrerd Center Director Floyd Cheung will draw from questions submitted by members of the Smith College community via a Google form to facilitate an on-stage conversation with Tatum about creating inclusive classrooms. Please submit your questions about inclusive teaching and/or Tatum’s work via this form. One opportunity for applying and extending what we learn from these conversations will take place in the context of a  May workshop (details TBA), during which Smith College instructors will revise syllabi together and share inclusive teaching methods and ideas.

The Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to co-sponsor these events with the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity.

Copies of Can We Talk About Race? by Beverly Daniel Tatum are on reserve at the Neilson Library. Please contact the Sherrerd Center if you have questions.