Resources for teaching Just Mercy

Hello beloved colleagues! Here is a starter kit on teaching Just Mercy, mass incarceration, and racial reconciliation in the classroom. There’s more. There’s so much more. Just ask. Mass incarceration – the data:  “The Whole Pie” – Prison Policy Institute State-by-State incarceration data – The Sentencing Project State-by-State incarceration racial demographics – Prison Policy Institute One in … Continue reading Resources for teaching Just Mercy

UndocuAlly Training this Sunday:

This initiative was spearheaded by VCU ASPiRE students! I’m incredibly lucky to get to work with these guys: We are holding an event called UndocuAlly Training in Harris Hall room 2107 on Sunday, March 20th, from 10am to 2pm. The UndocuAlly Training is simply a workshop designed to inform participants–both students and faculty–about the struggles of Undocumented students and …

TODAY: Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop / Black Lives Matter Symposium

4:30 – Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop The VCU Association of Black Social Workers cosponsors the Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 3201. The workshop will offer participants information on how to self-publish books. Graphic novels offer well-written and exciting stories, new points of view and …

I am ready for spring semester.

That is not to say I’m prepared! I have a huge pile of things to do: an article that needs revised, a syllabus that needs completed, 3 units of work to design, ASPiRE programming to organize, etc. etc.. I’m, though, really ready to get things going. My Department had its winter institute yesterday, …

VCU to Hold Second Institute on Inclusive Teaching, May 2014

VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Division for Inclusive Excellence (DFIE) are pleased to announce VCU’s 2014 Summer Institute on Inclusive Teaching, to be held from Monday 19 May 2014, through Friday 23 May 2014, at VCU Globe (830 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23284) on the Monroe Park Campus.

The institute will feature conversations on a variety of topics designed to help professors create an inclusive climate in their classrooms, courses, and curricula. The week-long experience will include daily presentations from experts in classroom inclusivity, including two keynote presentations – from student persistence expert, Dr. Christine Johnston, and from legal and educational historian and civil rights veteran, Clarence Dunnaville – that will be open to the public. The workshop series will run daily from 9:00Am to 4:00PM, and will include ample time for discussion of and reflection on various presentations, and for application of new knowledge to course and curricular materials.

VCU’s Institute on Inclusive Teaching provides an intensive, sustained environment for VCU faculty members, staff members, and graduate students to:

  • Reflect on multiple and intersecting dimensions of their students’ and colleagues’ identities and the rich opportunities for learning that these afford;
  • Align one or more of their upcoming courses with diversity-related learning outcomes in their disciplines (such as culturally-informed deliberation or holistic-critical thinking);
  • Transform course content, structure, classroom dynamics and climate, and/or teaching methods to address the learning needs and life experiences of a diverse population of students;
  • Design systems for documenting course-, program-, or service-level changes and student success in their course(s), program(s), or service(s);
  • Develop skills to become effective leaders for curricular change within academic units by anticipating barriers and navigating unexpected challenges to enrichment;
  • Explore possibilities for a more ongoing partnership with the CTE and DFIE to share knowledge about inclusive classrooms with the larger campus community.

Learn more or register here.

pwatem: Have you visited Poictesme’s new website? We’re really…


Have you visited Poictesme’s new websiteWe’re really excited to be our own domain name for the first time in our history. Big thanks to our designer, Kristen Rebelo, for creating our new logo, paying homage to James Branch Cabell’s signature eye glasses. And best of all, our space is add free.