A More Inclusive Bryn Mawr—Classrooms, Programs
March 22, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Accessibility and Universal Design: Leveling the Playing Field
Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson '19, Kinbrae Sperstad '19, Chanelle Wilson-Poe (Education) and other BMC student partners | Old Library 116
In this session, attendees will be invited to unpack the language and histories behind what it means to level playing fields for all students pursuing higher education. We will center accessibility and universal design as our lenses for inquiry. Further, we will envision an inclusive campus and the systemic, institutional, and individual actions required to actualize this.
Addressing Changing Classrooms: Expectations and Needs of Faculty and of Students
Piper Sledge (Sociology), Daisy Sudparid (Mathematics) | Carpenter 21
College classrooms are undergoing dramatic changes in response to a variety of factors. Throughout these shifts, conflicts can emerge. In this session, we will discuss the various factors (social, political, technological, etc.) impacting classroom dynamics and begin to pose solutions that will ensure that the classroom experience at Bryn Mawr becomes more inclusive and equitable for all students.
Arts in and for a Diverse Community
Madeline Cantor (Dance), Monet Debose '21 | Goodhart Common Room
Join in an array of experiences and games that use arts skills to delve into difference, diversity, commonality and connection. Come dressed to move and ready to explore what artistic practice can bring to the discussion.
William Baker (Employee Assistance Program) | Dalton 212A
This program explores the impact of change and our response to it. Take a brief personal inventory to see how change may affect you in the next year. Do you tend to be proactive or reactive? Do your beliefs limit or empower you? Come and learn positive strategies to cope with change. Discover how you can handle change successfully.
Equity and Opportunity in Athletics
Dr. Carla Coleman (Athletics), Brendan Harrison '20, Caroline Heffernan '10, Delphine McCann '21, Kathy Tierney (Athletics) | Campus Center 200
What does equity and opportunity look like in the Athletics Department at Bryn Mawr? What are the challenges, opportunities, strengths and threats to achieve equity? How can we encourage greater belongingness and openness for all campus community members when participating in activities in Schwartz? This session will consist of a panel of community members and students who will speak to their experiences related to sport equity and opportunity. The session will be an interactive conversation with a goal setting activity.
Exploring the Role of Civic Engagement in the Bryn Mawr Experience: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers that Limit Participation
Nell Anderson (LILAC), Ellie Esmond (LILAC) and other BMC student partners | Dalton 25
In this workshop, participants will hear from a panel of current students involved in service, activism, summer internships, Praxis courses, and Community Based Work Study about how they balance their commitment to civic engagement with their academic and social lives. As a group, we will identify the key barriers to participation in civic engagement at discuss strategies for overcoming them. Though this is a student-centered workshop, we welcome faculty and staff to share their experiences and ideas.
Learning to Talk across Differences of Position, Identity, and Perspective: Lessons from Student and Faculty Participants in the TLI
Elisa Cooney '20, Amaka Eze '19, Sofia Fenner (Political Science), Alessandro Giammei (Italian), David Karen (Sociology), Immaculate Langat '19, Yeidaly Mejia '19, and Kate Riestenberg (Linguistics) | English House Lecture Hall
For more than 10 years the Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI) has supported partnerships between students and faculty through which the partners explore how to make Bryn Mawr and Haverford classrooms inclusive of a diversity of students. These explorations require faculty and student partners to engage in sometimes challenging dialogue across differences of position, identity, and perspective. In this interactive session, four students and four faculty members who have participated in TLI partnerships will share approaches they have developed to talking across such differences and invite those who participate in the session to reflect on, share, and further develop their own approaches to engaging in such dialogue.
Race and the Social Honor Code - CANCELLED
Hannah Chinn '19, Zoe Garcia '21, Arpita Joyce '20, Flo Lepeska-True '21, Jasmine Mirfattah '19, Emma Rutenberg '19, Mak Selden '20, Kamara Simms '19 | Dalton 1
Have you ever wondered about the ways in which social honor code is coded racially? How does this community contract impact bodA1:H12ies of color on this campus especially Black folx? This Dialogue on Race session will interrogate the resonances between white supremacy culture and the social honor code. Dialogue on Race is a facilitated conversation that addresses racism as a structural violence. We understand racism to have structural, interpersonal, and internalized aspects and this conversation will center the larger structure of white supremacy which we believe provides pathways for folx to address the other valences of racialized violence and embodied whiteness.
Social Inclusion and Equity in Non-Academic Departments
Vanessa Davies (Provost's Office), Kimberly Farrer (Residential Life), Alexis Giron '20, Anisha Thornabar '19 and other BMC campus members | Dalton 300
This session will be a larger, more specific discussion on BMCDS's original "Humanizing the Hat" workshop. We would like to provide insight on how these people act as role models for students while going above and beyond to love and support the Bryn Mawr community, specifically the students.
Strategies for Building Success in STEM
Houda Bouchouari '22, Tracey Cadet '22, Greg Davis (Biology), Jordan Ellis-Pugh '21, Vanessa Gitau '22, Geeta Sharma '20, Jen Skirkanich (Biology), Jennifer Spohrer (LITS), Lisa Watkins (Chemistry) | Park 245
This facilitated workshop will provide space for students, staff and faculty to share perspectives about inclusivity in STEM fields, with a goal of identifying strategies that promote more inclusive STEM environments
Thinking Outside of Title IX: A Discussion of Resources and Accessibility
Noor Banihashem Ahmad '20, Musckaan Chauhan '20, Annika Lutzenhiser '19, Saria Rosenhaj '21 (Students Against Sexual Harm) | Quita Woodward Room, Old Library
In this session, Students Against Sexual Harm (SASH) aims to describe the philosophy of the collective, as well as highlight the resources on campus that work to support those who have experienced sexual harm that operate outside of the College’s administration (Title IX). SASH will facilitate a discussion with community members about how these organizations and programs can be more inclusive to all of Bryn Mawr’s communities.