As the school year begins, many of us—students, faculty, and staff—are still affected by and preoccupied with the events surrounding the white supremacist march in Charlottesville earlier this month. For faculty and staff, this means we need to be thinking about how to approach our students, and how to take on, in the spaces we share with students, the issues these events raise. Here at CNDLS we’re here to support you as you have these potentially challenging conversations. With that in mind, we’ve prepared some resources that we hope will help, including a workshop and an online collection of relevant teaching suggestions and materials:
On Thursday, August 31st, from 2:00-3:30 pm in the HFSC Herman Room, we’ll host a “Teaching in Difficult Times” workshop, designed for faculty looking for strategies and support in addressing difficult issues, such as the recent events in Charlottesville, with students and within the curricular content of courses. Find out more and register for the workshop here.
We’ve also compiled a webpage on Teaching After Charlottesville, full of teaching ideas, links to reading materials, and thoughts about how to make this difficult time powerfully and effectively educational for your students. Explore the list of resources here.
Please also feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can provide more help to you as an individual teacher or to your department or program. We hope that these resources will help you and your students begin the semester on a footing that can take us all forward.