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Representatives Meeting

Biannual Representatives Meeting
Fostering Civic, Intercultural, and Ethical Learning:
An Integrated Approach

hosted by
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio

Conference Agendas
Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th

FRIDAY, June 17th

9:00-10:00 AM                Continental Breakfast

9:30-10:00 AM                Welcome Remarks and Introductions, Edward Pittman,
                                        CHAS Steering Board Chair and Associate Dean of the College
                                        for Campus Life, Vassar College

10:00 – 11:00 AM          
In Here/Out There: The Liberal Arts Campus and Civic Engagement In a Diverse Democracy? 
David Scobey, Executive Dean of The New School for General
                                        Studies and Milano the New School for Management and
                                        Urban Policy
                                                  Introduction by Leslie Hill, Assoc. Professor of Political Science and
                                                  Special Assistant to the President, Bates College and CHAS Steering Board Member

11:00 – 11:15 AM            Break
11:15 AM– 12:00 PM     
An Extended Discussion with David Scobey

12:00 – 1:00 PM              Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM                Faculty presentation by
Yolanda Cruz, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Biology, Oberlin College

2:00 – 2:15 PM                Break                                 
2:15 – 3:15 PM              
 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION                         
                                              Student and Institutional Engagements with  Campus  Diversity, Conflict, and Controversy

                                              Our campuses are often the site of offensive incidents and contentious issues that challenge our missions of inclusion
                                              and fostering affirming learning environments. This session seeks to encourage dialogue and resource sharing around
                                              the following questions:

·  How do we negotiate supporting, advocating for, and empowering students to think about and engage their
                                                relationships to the institution during crisis moments?

             · What steps can we take to support students in navigating campus structures to engender meaningful responses?

             ·  Are there established processes for engaging students--and strategic planning--during and following incidents and
                                               controversy on your campus? If so, what are they and how effective are these processes?

  ·  What are measures for institutional accountability and follow-up once the dust has settled and the campus returns to


3:15 – 3:30 PM              Future Directions

FRIDAY, June 17th

5:30 p.m.           Reception and dinner, PETERS HALL

7:00 p.m.           Welcome by Eric Estes, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center and Associate Dean of Academic Diversity,
                        Oberlin College
                        Comments by Olivia Arinze, Bonner Scholar, Mellon Mays Fellows,
Oberlin College
                        Comments by Sean Decatur, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Oberlin College
8:00 p.m.           Social Gathering

SATURDAY, June 18th

8:30 a.m.            Continental Breakfast, WILDER HALL 115 (food available in Wilder 110)

8:45 a.m.            Welcome and Schedule Overview by Kathryn Stuart, Dean of Studies, Oberlin College

9:00-10:15 a.m.    Concurrent Sessions I
Community-based Learning and Research: Faculty and Staff Collaborations, WILDER 215
facilitators: Beth Blissman, Director, Bonner Center for Service and Learning, Oberlin College
                                 Baron Pineda, Chair and Associate Professor, Anthropology, Oberlin College

·        What are the best practices around administrative structures, resources, and intra-institutional collaboration

                             ·        What are best support structures for faculty?  What percentage of faculty is involved in this kind of work
                                   and in what fields of study?

Rethinking the Relationship between the Local and Global, WILDER 211
                facilitators: Rumi Shammin, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
                                Sebastiaan Faber, Professor, Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College

·        How do we help students understand the big picture by questioning and, at times, complicating the
                                  distinctions between the local and global?

·        How do we foster internationalization, transnational approaches, and the teaching of global concepts inside
                                  and outside of the classroom (for example, curricular offerings and integrated study-away opportunities)?  


               Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship, WILDER 109
facilitators: Ed Pittman, Associate Dean of the College, Vassar College
                               Andrea Kalyn, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College

                          ·         How do we help support our students become socially responsible entrepreneurs?
·         How do we build connections between intercultural knowledge and experience as a critical part of

10:15-10:30 a.m.  Break (available in Wilder 110)

10:30-11:45 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions II

                 Building Intercultural Knowledge through Ethical Reflection and Responsible Learning, WILDER 211
facilitators: Eric Estes, director of the Multicultural Resource Center and Associate Dean for Academic Diversity,
                                 Oberlin College
                                 Rolando Arroyo-Sucre, Chief Officer of Diversity and Equity, Bucknell University

                         ·       How do we educate students about engaging in communities that are not their own?
·      What are best practices for helping students create connections between meaningful reflection and stated
                                 learning outcomes?


                 Preparing Students for Leadership Opportunities after Graduation through Applied Knowledge, WILDER 215
                 facilitators: Joyce Babyak, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Religion,    
                                 Oberlin College
                                 Karla Spurlock-Evans, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Trinity College
·        How can we envision and build a vertical curriculum for teaching ethical and responsible leadership?
·        How do we cultivate effective mentors among faculty, staff and alumni to guide students as they synthesize
                                 and apply their learning?


                 Engaged Learning through Social Activism, WILDER 109
facilitators: Leslie Hill, Associate Professor, Political Science and Special Assistant to the President, Bates College
                                 Maria Tucker,
director of the Draper Center, Pomona College

·        How do we help students think about social activism as experiential learning and as more than direct action

·      How do we as educators role model social activism for our students?


12:00-1:00 p.m.   LUNCH, WILDER 115 (available in Wilder 110)

1:15-2:45 p.m.    Concurrent Session Reports and Discussion, WILDER 115

 2:45-3:15 p.m.   Concluding Comments, Reflections, and Plans for the Future, WILDER 115

3:15 p.m.           Adjourn
















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