Join Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and other Higher Education professionals as they lead conversation and best practice around the topic of Equity in Higher Education. Gain practical advice for advancing equity at your institution and in your classroom. Together we will collaborate on ideas and practices to advance equity in Higher Education, informing a report for putting equity into action. Our goal is to leave you feeling empowered, inspired to make an impact, and with practical tools to take back to your institution.

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM (EST)

Keynote | The Empowered University: A 50-Year Perspective on Broadening Participation in American Higher Education

Photo of Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Joined by Guest Moderator Robert Feldman (Professor & Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Dramatic demographic, economic, and technological changes present our nation’s schools, colleges, and universities with significant challenges for preparing students – particularly those from diverse backgrounds – for success. Over the past four decades, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has studied student achievement, focusing special attention on how to increase the participation and performance of students of all backgrounds. Drawing on his TED Talk and his recent book, The Empowered University, he will discuss institutional culture change and its role in supporting innovations in undergraduate education – including course redesign, active learning, community-building, and the use of technology – that promote student success, inclusive excellence, and achievement for all students.

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM (EST)

Leading to Transgress: Supporting Equity in the Classroom & outside of the Classroom

Photograph of Dr. Janue Johnson Dr. Janue Johnson
Associate Professor, Professional Learning Coordinator
San Diego Mesa College
Photograph of Dr. Ebony Tyree Ebony Tyree
Assistant Professor of English
San Diego City College

This interactive session is an opportunity for participants to review strategies and practices for supporting equity as an instructor or as an administrator. The key question is, Why Equity? We will discuss equity, review equity-minded instructional practice, and strategies for supporting equity through professional development. The purpose of this session is to explore connections between individual practices, institutional outcomes, and practical ways to support student success through a lens of equity.

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM (EST)

Promoting DEI through Digital Storytelling

Photograph of Melody Buckner Dr. Melody Buckner
Associate Vice Provost of Digital Learning
University of Arizona

This session will explore the art of digital storytelling and how it can be used to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in digital learning spaces. We will discuss the principles of Universal Design for Learning as a framework for developing equitable learning experiences and how digital storytelling can lead to an authentic assessment practice for students. Examples of the power of digital storytelling will be shared from a multicultural education course and research conducted in study abroad programs. Resources and tools will be offered for educators to take back to their own digital learning spaces.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

Collaborative Session: Defining Equity and Quality Through Community-Based Lived Experiences

Photograph of Madeline Shellgren Madeline Shellgren
Director of Online Engagement
Online Learning Consortium

In acknowledging that we benefit from community input and shared meaning-making practices, this session invites participants in for collaboration around how we define equity and quality, particularly the relationship between equity and quality. Together we will share own unique experiences in measuring equitable and quality learning in online, blended, and digital environments, story our challenges in designing for equity and quality, and identify key areas of focus and direction that we should prioritize as a community in the future. Finally, as part of the OLC and McGraw Hill’s partnership, contributions made during this session (and across the event more generally) will be synthesized into a series of free artifacts/resources for the community following the event. With this specifically in mind, this session not only invites you to story your own expertise, but invites you in as a collaborator and credited contributor for those resources (e.g. white paper). 

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM (EST)

Constructing Knowledge in the 21st Century: Inviting Equitable Pedagogical Practices into Higher Education

Photograph of Dr. Cherise Mcbride Dr. Cherise McBride

Increasing digital mediation of our educational landscape has meant significant, rapid changes in information, meaning-making, and participation over the past 20 years. What this means for learners is that we can further our knowledge anywhere, anytime, and through a variety of interactive digital platforms. And while some of these new dimensions of learning have been addressed during the digitalization of schooling forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, much needs to be done to do so equitably and with quality pedagogy. As sites of knowledge production, what does it mean for higher education institutions to engage expansive forms of knowledge and knowledge construction? How might we move away from “common-sense” approaches to teaching and learning that may not actually serve the interests of students from non-dominant backgrounds? We will discuss the centrality of authorship, digital composition, and widened apertures of learning to help us challenge the status quo and design toward more equitable and inclusive learning environments. And because putting equity into action involves thinking about our own practices and tools, we will spend time reflecting on and applying the presented content to our respective domains of educational influence.

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