Fall 2023 Provost Conference

Navigating “Hot” Moments in the Classroom

Building upon DU’s commitment to free expression, diversity, equity, and inclusion, this year’s in-person, interactive one-day conference explores classroom responses to “hot moments.”   

This conference will provide opportunities to understand and consider responses to hot moments in the classroom and ideas for planning ahead to turn a hot moment into a learning opportunity. Drawing on the expertise of faculty colleagues from across the disciplines, who navigate these conversations in their classrooms, the conference will open discussion and address questions around freedom of expression and creating a supportive classroom community. Participants will leave the conference with skills and resources related to classroom expression and student belonging.  

We will serve breakfast and lunch. Directly after the conference, please join us for the SoTL Research Symposium and Reception.

On-Ramp: Self-Reflection Questions & Articles

In preparation for the conference, please consider this article written by our keynote speaker María Salazar: “A Humanizing Pedagogy: Reinventing the Principles and Practice of Education as a Journey Toward Liberation."

Both for the conference and as part of the 11:00 Session “Head, Heart, and Hand: Tools for Working Through Conflict in the Classroom and Roundtable Discussion,” please consider these reflection questions and article written by D-L Stewart on Reflecting on his experience in the classroom as a Black assistant professor. “Confronting the Politics of Multicultural Competence.”

Thursday October 12, 2023, Community Commons 1700

Time Event Speaker/Facilitator
8:30 - 9:15 Registration and Breakfast  
9:15 - 9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks Mary Clark, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
9:30 - 10:45 Keynote Address The Big Bad Wolf, Race, and Humanization: Proactive Approaches to Building Humanizing Learning Environments in the Higher Education Classroom   Professor María Salazar, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Morgridge College of Education
10:45 - 11:00 Break  
11:00 - 12:00 Head, Heart, and Hand: Tools for Working Through Conflict in the Classroom Professor D-L Stewart, Chair, Higher Education Department, Morgridge College of Education
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch with Colleagues  
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch Faculty Panel: Managing “Hot” Moments in the Classroom: Exploring the Intersections of Identity and Context

Introduction: Mary Clark 

Facilitator: Professor Roberto Corrada, Sturm College of Law 

Faculty Panel: 

2:00 - 2:15 Break  
2:15 - 3:30 Building Skills for Navigating Hot Moments Interactive Workshop

Facilitator: Professor Greg Ungar, Theatre Department, CAHSS  

Teacher: Professor Anne Penner, Theatre Department, CAHSS 

3:30 - 3:45 Closing Remarks Mary Clark
4:00 - 6:00  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Inaugural Research Symposium and Reception (Community Commons, 4th Story East and Overlook)

Mary Clark

Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, Assistant Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Kayoung Kim, Director of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Faculty Learning Communities


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