Critical Conversations Series

Silhouettes of different people in shades of blue and red

Deepening our conversations on anti-racist and anti-colonial pedagogical praxes, this workshop series invites Queen’s teaching community to discuss critical perspectives on inclusive teaching.

Winter 2023

Responding to Racial Microaggressions in the Classroom

Facilitated by Yunyi Chen and Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, January 25, 2023; 10:30am – 12:00pm, Zoom

Racial micro-aggressions are just as likely to occur outside the classroom as they are to occur inside the classroom.  In line with the university’s commitment to anti-racism and inclusion, this session aims to explore what micro-aggressions are, and how they operate in the classroom. Participants will co-develop strategies to effectively respond to racial micro-aggressions to facilitate inclusive and safer learning environments for all students.

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Facilitating Difficult Conversations (Practice session)

Facilitated by Yasmine Djerbal, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, February 2, 2023; 11:00am - 12:30pm, Zoom

Much debate has taken place in recent years about the place of difficult conversations in classroom discussions and how instructors can facilitate conversations that can be both politically charged and conducive to learning. In this workshop, we will practice facilitation skills and think about ways you we can create accountable spaces together with our students.   

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You’ve been called out for causing harm; Now what?

Facilitated by Yunyi Chen and Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, March 1, 2023; 10:30am – 12:00pm, Zoom

Following our previous conversations on how to respond to microaggressions and/or harm as witness or as recipient, this session will talk about ways instructors can respond to being called out for harm. Centering accountability and ongoing learning, we will devise strategies and process for receiving feedback and being accountable to those who we may have harmed. This conversation will be discussion based and will centre transformative justice frameworks.

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Identifying and Responding to Harm in the classroom as QTBIPOC Instructor

Registration: QTBIPOC Instructors only (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour)

Facilitated by Yasmine Djerbal, and Clarissa De Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning and Jermaine Marshall, Human Rights and Equity Office
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 12:30 – 1:30pm, Zoom
 
Many articles have been published in the last two years about microaggressions. From experience, we know they happen in a variety of spaces and places, including our departments and classrooms. In this workshop, we will discuss and co-develop strategies for prevention and resolution of subtle (and not so subtle) aggressions within learning spaces when they come from students in discussions, student papers, and more. Please note that this space is open to self-identified queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and persons of colour (QTBIPOC) only.

A session on March 10 (below), from 1:30 to 2:30pm, will be open to all, and will discuss accountability processes when we are ourselves called out for racial harm/microaggressions.

Abolitionist Practices in Teaching and Learning

Facilitated by Yasmine Djerbal, and Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Monday, March 7, 2022, 11:30am - 12:30pm, Zoom

In this Critical Conversation workshop, we will explore how instructors can embrace abolitionist thinking in their teaching practices. Centered on Project Nia’s Building Accountable Communities Project, this workshop will focus on the resource “How to Share Space: Creating Community in Classrooms and Beyond”. We ask that attendees please read this document ahead of time (also linked below). Topics we will discuss together include fostering belonging by rejecting social disposability, creating a culture of consequence, and exploring what this looks like in practice. This session is tailored for educators who already engage in abolitionist theory in their teaching, research, or other work.
 
“How to Share Space: Creating Community in Classrooms and Beyond” by Project Nia 

You’ve been called out for causing harm; Now what?

Facilitated by Yasmine Djerbal, and Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, March 10, 2022, 1:30-2:30pm, Zoom

Following our previous conversations on how to respond to microaggressions and/or harm as witness or as recipient, this session will talk about ways instructors can respond to being called out for harm. Centering accountability and ongoing learning, we will devise strategies and process for receiving feedback and being accountable to those who we may have harmed. This conversation will be discussion based and will centre transformative justice frameworks.

PANEL | Radical Assessment: Let’s Talk About Ungrading and Contract Grading

Wednesday, November 9, 2022; 11:30am - 12:30pm, Zoom
Moderated by: Yasmine Djerbal, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Panelists: Misty Underwood, Office of Indigenous Initiatives; and Faculty of Education | Mary Louise Adams, School of Kinesiology | and Sarah Shulist, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Why do we grade? Are grades a good measure of student learning? Are there alternatives to grading? In this informal session, panelists and participants will be invited to share their experiences and experiments with “ungrading”. Professors Misty Underwood (OII, Education), Mary Louise Adams (Kinesiology), and Sarah Shulist (LLCU) will reflect on changes they have made to their assessments, as well as tensions, failures and successes with different modes of ungrading and contract grading. The discussion will then turn to audience members who will share their experiences,   
 
For information on ungrading, checkout the following resources:
Ungrading: An FAQ, by Jesse Stommel
Ungrading: A radical old idea, picking up steam, by Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, University of British Columbia
Teaching More by Grading Less (or Differently), by Schinske J, Tanner K..

 

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence:  Information for Educators

Tuesday, November 29, 2022; 2:00 – 3:30pm, Zoom
Facilitated by Rebecca Rappeport, SVPR Community Outreach and Student Support Worker; and Barb Lotan, SVPR Coordinator, Human Rights and Equity Office

In this workshop, educators will learn how to respond professionally and empathetically to disclosures of sexual violence. We'll cover the sexual violence policy and the related responsibilities of instructors who hear a disclosure.  Included will be a conversation to identify campus and community resources for support students. 

This Event was Cancelled.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Services are hosting open events to staff and faculty that will cover similar information if you wish to register to one of their sessions.