TEACHxWSU 2023 registration open for Oct. 20 events

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Washington State University faculty, teaching staff, and graduate students are invited to register by Wednesday, Oct. 11, for the second annual TEACHxWSU set for Friday, Oct. 20, with the theme of “Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education.” A morning keynote address and several afternoon sessions are offered in-person at WSU Pullman as well as virtually for participants system-wide.

“We welcome educators across the WSU system to come together at TEACHxWSU to learn about the latest information available from our guest speakers and session leaders,” said Kara Whitman, chair of the WSU Teaching Academy, part of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and event host. “We are anticipating greater attendance this year, so we encourage everyone to sign up soon.”

The keynote address kicks off TEACHxWSU 2023 at 9:30 a.m. in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center. Guest speakers from the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash (UCBA) campus are Rita Kumar and Brenda Refaei. They are co-authors of the book “Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education,” which is the Teaching Academy Book Club text this year. Refaei is co-director of the UCBA Learning and Teaching Center; Kumar is the former executive director of the UC Faculty Enrichment Center. Both are professors in the UCBA Dept. of English and Communication.

There will be a lunch break from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., with food available for in-person participants at WSU Pullman.

Kumar and Refaei will then host an in-person, design workshop, “Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment,” from 12:30–2 p.m. Registration for the workshop is limited to 15 participants and will close when that number has been reached.

Additional workshops, both in-person and virtual, will be offered from 12:30–2 p.m. and 2:10–3:40 p.m. The topics to be covered range from practical strategies to support trauma-sensitive training to the use of AI tools in the classroom. Participants should register online for sessions they plan to attend. The workshop schedule and details about session content and leaders are available online.

For more information and answers to questions, reach out to Whitman by email.

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