November 16, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
MSU Library, Fourth Floor Green Room W444
Main Library
366 W Circle Dr, Okemos, MI 48864
Patti Stewart
(517) 432-2033

Teaching in Challenging Times: Understanding and Responding to Hot Moments in the Classroom

Green Room, Fourth Floor West Main Library

Thursday, November 16, from 11:30 until 1 p.m.


Paulette Granberry Russell, Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives


Donna Rich Kaplowitz, Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education and
Faculty Associate, Intergroup Dialogue Program, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

Jasmine Lee, Neighborhood Director, East Neighborhood

As educators, we are responsible for creating spaces where all students feel welcomed and respected in the interest of best supporting student learning. Unfortunately, we cannot control all aspects of the teaching and learning environment and the impact of local, national, and international events finds its way into our classrooms and communities. Students, faculty and staff all experience these events in different ways, and while we cannot predict how individuals will react, as educators we can prepare for how we might respond in these moments. This session will introduce some techniques for developing a classroom that welcomes multiple perspectives and provide tools to manage conflicting opinions, honor the diversity of ideas and promote positive learning outcomes.

This session is the third of the 2017 – 18 Learn at Lunch (L@L) series sponsored in collaboration by the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Academic Advancement Network, the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, The Graduate School, and the MSU Libraries. L@L sessions bring important topics related to inclusive teaching to the campus community, with a focus on presenting best practices and fostering dialogue in effort to build inclusive communities.


Who will build inclusive communities? SPARTANS WILL.