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Black Girl in Suburbia Screening and Conversation about Inclusive Teaching Featuring Director Melissa Lowery

Week 2: Friday, April 14, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm
McKenzie 129
Refreshments will be served
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After a screening of her award-winning documentary Black Girl in Suburbia, Melissa Lowery joins a panel of UO undergraduate students to discuss what inclusive teaching means at predominantly white institutions—from K-12 schools to college classrooms. What classroom experiences have supported— or undermined—a sense of belonging and academic achievement for the students of color on our panel? How do faculty create conditions in which it is possible for students to learn from one another across differences and allow for shifts in students’ perspectives?  

This teaching conversation concludes a two-day symposium focused on Lowery’s 55-minute documentary film, which explores the experience of black women who grew up in predominantly white communities around Oregon. Join us for this special chance to discuss the racial dynamics that shape academic environments, a discussion that will center the voices and experiences of students of color in a conversation about teaching practice.

Learn more about the film here:

Hosted by the English Department & Writing Composition Program with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Teaching Engagement Program, Oregon Humanities Center, English Department Diversity Committee, Folklore Department, Cinema Studies, Ethnic Studies, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, Division of Equity and Inclusion, EMU Center for Student Involvement's The Be Series, and the Women of Color Faculty Group.