Department of Mathematics


  •  CRLT Players ,
  •  Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda: Moving Beyond Failure and Actively Cultivating a More Equitable Academy
  •  03/30/2021
  •  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  •  Online (virtual meeting)
  •  Aaron D Levin ()

The University of Michigan Math Department is hosting a special colloquium on Tuesday, March 30, 4pm-5:30pm. The CRLT players will present an interactive workshop using a video case study to stimulate reflection on our academic climate and norms. We warmly invite staff, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty from both the UM and MSU Mathematics Departments to attend this unique event. Please note that this workshop is not recommended for undergraduate students. This colloquium is organized by the UM Math Department's Climate Committee and Learning Community for Inclusive Teaching (LCIT). Pre-registration is required. Registration Link: Systems of higher education in the U.S. create differential advantage and disadvantage for the people who work and learn in them. When individuals move through these systems--as administrators, instructors, or learners--they make choices to participate in the perpetuation or the disruption of these inequities. While some perpetuation of inequity can be attributed to ignorance, it is often true that individuals who do understand the harmful impacts of unjust behavior, processes, and structures often fail to address them. This session centers around an embodied case study depicting one man’s meditation on a personal failure and the choices he made afterward that defined his path as an educator. Through session activities, participants will reflect on what failures of this kind indicate about the educational environments in which they occur and how such reflection might prime them to reshape the spaces in which they have responsibilities. In this session, participants will: -Reflect on their personal failures to act for justice. -Consider how their lived relationship to social inequities within and outside of their educational environment shape their willingness and ability to act. -Explore the tension between risk and responsibility when disrupting the status quo. -Practice identifying opportunities for proactive justice work in their spheres of influence in the academy. Content flag: The theatrical portion of this session contains strong language. It includes descriptions of sexist, heterosexist, and ableist behaviors and reflection on systemic inequities related to race and socioeconomic status. Note: This colloquium workshop will last 90 minutes, not the typical hour.



Department of Mathematics
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