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Metropolitan State University Center for Faculty Development 2015 Fall Teaching Workshop

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus


Conference Theme: Race Matters

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Focused on its theme, “Race Matters”, the 2015 Fall Teaching Workshop features Penumbra Theatre Company’s RACE Workshop.   Penumbra Theatre Company’s RACE Workshop combines expert facilitation, a powerful exploration of race in America, monologues performed by professional artists, and opportunities for participants to use theatre as a way to problem-solve and model. The process names and celebrates difference, recognizes cultural nuance, and invites everyone to participate in the dialogue.

Conference Schedule:

7:30 am - 8:30 am           Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30 am - 9 am Welcome and Excellence in Teaching and Advising Awards
9 am - noon Penumbra Theatre Company’s Race Workshop
noon - 1:30 pm Lunch
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm The New Racial Issues Graduation Requirement
1:30 pm - 2 pm Community Faculty Issues Forum
2 pm – 3 pm Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University
Your role, rights and obligations

Penumbra Theatre’s RACE Workshop

Penumbra Theatre’s RACE Workshop employs a three-pronged approach into conversations about race and difference:Penumbra Theatre’s interactive presentation – Stereotypes: The Power of Perception – gives participants an overview of the history and political context of racial and ethnic stereotypes in the US. The presentation helps audiences understand that contemporary perceptions about race and difference are grounded in ongoing, systematic practices rather than simply individual prejudice. It aims to educate about the ways in which this history is our common inheritance and also suggests ways in which we can intervene in problematic practices in the present.

Penumbra Theatre’s professional artist monologues are personal stories that demonstrate the everyday ways in which individuals first encountered race and racism in their own lives. Each narrative involves introspection and reflects the artist’s struggle to reconcile their own identities with the way the world sees or “reads” them. The stories ground structural practices in personal experience, provoke empathy, and spark both “mirror” and “window” moments – those that reflect participants’ own experiences, and those that offer new insights. Following the artists’ stories, we invite participants to share their own connections, resonances, and stories as they are willing.

Penumbra Theatre’s embodied activities are low-stakes exercises aimed at getting participants into their bodies and connecting with each other in simple and direct ways, like standing face to face with a partner and making eye contact for 30 seconds. These exercises and games create a platform for talking about (and experiencing!) human connection and empathy as a means of working against stereotypes.

Through the breakout sessions, facilitated by MSU faculty, participants will have an opportunity to connect what they experience in the workshop with their own teaching practices and philosophies, and brainstorm ways to activate/connect the material in their own classrooms.

Facilitator Bio

H. Adam Harris PhotoH. ADAM HARRIS: Teen Programs Coordinator
H. Adam is the Teen Programs Coordinator with Penumbra Theatre Company and a former Summer Institute Intern. As a professional actor, he was recently seen in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Children's Theatre Company); The Way of Water (Frank Theatre); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Much Ado About Nothing, (Guthrie Theater); and Penumbra Theatre's production of The Amen Corner at the Guthrie Theater. Adam received his B.F.A from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program along with a minor in African American Studies. Adam recently toured prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers in a production of The Seven with Ten Thousand Things Theater. His primary role is connecting passionate young leaders with Penumbra's Summer Institute program and working with educators to bring theatre for social change into their classrooms.


What is the New Racial Issues Graduation Requirement and How do I Propose a Course to Meet the Requirement?

This session will be an opportunity to learn about Metro State’s new Racial Issues Graduation Requirement (RIGR), what the criteria are for having existing or new courses gain a RIGR designation, and the process for faculty to propose RIGR courses.   Because issues of race and racism involve or impact all disciplines, RIGR courses can be offered by any department if the criteria are met.  Those interested in this session should go through the buffet line and take their lunch to New Main L210.

Community Faculty Issues Forum
Ginny Arthur, Executive Vice President and Provost
Michael Earhart, IFO Community Faculty Vice President
1:30 – 2:00 pm
Founders Hall Auditorium

Join us in discussing issues of interest to community faculty. This Q & A session will include topics of interest to you such as,

  • Alternative learning strategies and how you are paid for them,
  • Ways to participate in governance - explore ways community faculty can maximize participation, and become a robust part of the dialog and decision making process,
  • The new IFO contract,
  • Professional Development Reports - ways to make your work count,
  • Compensation and benefits,
  • Faculty development - share your reflections, topics that interest you and times/dates/locations/formats that work for you.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University
Your role, rights and obligations

This seminar will provide attendees with an overview of vision for Diversity and Inclusion at Metro State University. Within the context of our mission and vision statements, attendees will be presented with training on our 1B.1 policy including the definition of terms, and examples of prohibited harassment and intimidation based on protected class factors. Finally, we will engage in discussion about this policy and analysis of selected cases that will enable the participants to put into practice what they have learned. Upon completion of this seminar attendees will have satisfied the annual training requirement for 1.B.1 policy training.

Presented by Craig Morris, Director of Affirmative Action, Office of Equal Employment & Diversity  


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