Workshop: Comfortability with Uncomfortable Spaces: Creating Spaces for Critical Transformative Dialogues
Date & Time
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Cecilia Suarez

Diversity in students and perspective has been a growing focus in agricultural education. As agriculture is becoming more diverse and in need of a culturally inclusive workforce, it is important for educators to provide learning opportunities for undergraduate students, preparing to enter the workforce, that help to raise overall cultural awareness and foster better attitudes toward different cultures. However, the topic of diversity can be an uncomfortable discussion causing students to stay silent rather than engaging in dialogue. This session will focus on creating an open space conducive to critical conversations by not only recognizing the lack of comfort, but learning how to navigate and embrace it so students can have an impactful learning experience. In the ever-changing and global society, it is imperative that educators provide equitable learning environments that give students tools to direct contention and learning into rich dialogue and impactful engagement.  

Interactive in design, this professional development workshop will provide hands-on best practices for building community and increasing trust within an intercultural classroom. The foundation of trust is imperative for critical dialogue which can enhance learning, identity development, and intercultural communication among students. As such, attendees will learn various classroom practices that can be easily adapted and applied to lessons and curriculum, regardless of focus area. Practices include but are not limited to: 1) Culturally relevant teaching and material, 2) building trust within a group, and 3) open communication via dialogue. Presenters will also briefly introduce theory that supports this praxis.

Session Type
Virtual Session Link