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"Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place." -- Eckhart Tolle

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May 9-10, 2018 

Inclusive Pedagogy: May Instructional Development Opportunity

Goal 2 of UMD's Strategic Plan is to "Advance equity, diversity, inclusiveness, and social justice within the campus community." Included in the actions items toward reaching Goal 2 are:
1. Develop faculty and staff capacity around equity and diversity work, and
2. Develop curricula, pedagogies, and research and co-curricular programs that foster inclusivity, accessibility.

Please join us for this one and a half day instructional development offering to help faculty and instructional staff to make their curriculum - and pedagogy - more inclusive for all!

In the words of Mary Armstrong; "It is my contention that every single classroom - from Soil Science to Ethnic Studies - can function as an incubator for inclusivity". She goes on to explain that it has nothing to do with content, and furthermore, nothing to do with how diverse the student make-up of the classroom happens to be. (

SAVE the DATE!! - May 9 (afternoon in Garden Room) -May 10 (all day in Griggs), 2018

Please complete the google form below to save your spot! Details to follow

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August Courage to Teach Retreat

August 6-8, 2018 at the Cloquet Forestry Center

This residential retreat offering will begin Monday, August 6 at 4:00 and end Wednesday, August 8 at 1:00. We will nurture your body as well as your soul with all meals provided. You can expect time to reflect on your own heart as a teacher, to renew and re-align your soul with that role, to ground yourself through spacious witness in community.

UMD instructors are asked to commit with a $50.00 down payment (the equivalent of one-night stay) to reserve their spot. The balance of the program costs will be covered by Campus Climate/Instructional Development Funding.

  • Renew heart, mind, and spirit through the exploration of the inner landscape of a teacher’s life.

  • Reconnect to one’s identity and integrity—identifying and honoring gifts and strengths, and acknowledging limits.

  • Create a context for careful listening and deep connection that also honors diversity in person and profession.

  • Create safe spaces and trusting relationships in their schools, with their students and colleagues, and within their communities.

  • Explore the connection between attending to the inner life of educators and the renewal of public education.

Offerings Yet this Spring...

Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Staff Searches

Monday, March 26, 10:00-11:30 in Griggs 

Departments across the University of Minnesota regularly hire new staff. The university is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, and this includes hiring staff of color, people who identify as women, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines where they are underrepresented. The presence of implicit bias in staff searches can inhibit this goal. This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias. Participants will learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of staff search committees and hires made by individual supervisors. Faculty and staff participants of departmental search processes are invited to participate in this workshop.

     Please RSVP through this link, sign in to Ulearn, and use the search box in the upper right to locate the course. 
     Training name: Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Staff Searches
     Training ID/Locator Number: 58436

OED's Equity and Diversity Certificate Program

The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to all faculty and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. UMD has spent the last three years building internal capacity to offer this certificate. The workshops list below will be offered at UMD in Spring 2018.  

Monday, April 9, 9:00-12:00, Griggs, UMD
Communicating on Issues of Equity & Diversity 

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Intercultural Leadership Development

The Intercultural Leadership Development (ILD) initiative was launched in the spring of 2012 with over 50 UMD leaders attending a session with Dr. Mitch Hammer, co-creator of the Intercultural Development Continuum. Since that time 13 cohorts, each with 18 UMD staff, faculty and administrators have participated in a 4.5 day Intercultural Leadership Development program. For more information and sign up for future cohorts, go to

Intercultural Pedagogy Community of Practice (ICPCP)

2 hours every other week during the semester
Participants are encouraged to have completed the May session prior to participating in the Community of Practice
Dates - TBD

Facilitated by: Paula J Pedersen and Helen Mongan-Rallis

We will focus on inclusive pedagogy and curriculum integration of diverse/intercultural content. ALL disciplines APPLY!!  Participants are asked to be available for most sessions. Each participant will be asked to have a current course they are working with throughout the semester. For more information and sign up, go to

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