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The Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning

The Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning (SCTL) was founded in 2009 through a generous bequest from the family of Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and John J. F. Sherrerd, longtime supporters of excellence in teaching at Smith College.

The center enables the academic success of all Smith students through faculty development efforts that support teaching and learning at the college.


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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a scholar, teacher, author, and race-relations expert. Before becoming a Smith College trustee, Dr. Tatum earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.A. in Religious Studies, taught psychology at Mount Holyoke College, and led Spelman College as its ninth president.

On March 1st, the Director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, 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 Dr. Tatum about creating inclusive classrooms.

The event on March 1st is also open to Smith students and to the public. Copies of Beverly Daniel Tatum's books will be available for purchase at this event.

Please submit your questions about inclusive teaching and/or Tatum’s work via this Google 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 cosponsor 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 at sherrerdcenter@smith.edu if you have questions.


Creating Inclusive Learning Environments at Smith College

Last year, the members of the advisory board of the Sherrerd Center decided to be more intentional than usual regarding our programming for 2016-17. We surveyed attendees at Teaching Arts Luncheons, talked with other members of the Smith community, and conducted an online survey to collect suggestions for future topics. Ultimately, we decided to focus on creating inclusive learning environments after receiving a large number of requests for programming on that topic. Hence, we have selected Teaching Arts Luncheon topics and invited guest speakers like Kelly Mack and Beverly Daniel Tatum to promote this aim. From the start, however, we understood that the word “inclusive” was in danger of becoming meaningless, so we have been drafting and revising the following statement in the attempt to clarify our intent. We welcome suggestions for revision.