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CWU Online Workshops to Explore Informed and Engaged Teaching Practices

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Central Washington University will begin hosting a four-part online workshop series next week that will explore the subjects of gender, sexuality, and equity within the setting of the institution.

The first Zoom workshop in the “Informed & Engaged Teaching: Gender, Sexuality, and Equity” series will be April 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

“Inclusive Conversations” will focus on providing educators with the tools they need to run a more inclusive, representative classroom for members of the LGBTQ2IA+ community, women, gender minorities, and other minoritized identities. 

The discussion will be facilitated by CWU professors Michel O’Brien, Sarah Sillin, and Taneum Bambrick. Registration is available here.

The next workshop, “How to Handle Student Disclosures,” concerns the responsibilities facing staff members when students disclose harassment or abusive behavior based on sexuality or gender, as well as stalking or violence. In addition, it will clarify the role of the Title IX office on campus, with the help of CWU’s Title IX coordinator Thomas Pedersen. 

The April 28 conversation, scheduled from 3-4 p.m., will highlight resources available to students who have been a victim of harassment and provide educators with means to accommodate them academically. Associate Professor of Health Sciences Jill Hoxmeier and Wellness Center Director Marissa Howat are helping Pedersen present the workshop. Register in advance here.

The final two installments of the series will be “Improving Department Climate,” May 7 from 3-4 p.m.; and “Practical Pedagogy,” May 19 from 4-5 p.m. 

Interested staff and faculty can earn an Informed and Engaged Teaching certificate upon completion of three of the four workshops. A stipend, or professional development funds, will be made available to faculty who earn the certificate. 

The series is supported by the Office of the Provost, International Studies and Programs, and CWU Libraries. It is sponsored by the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity; the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; The LGBTQ+ Workshop; and Multimodal Learning. 

For more information, email Cynthia CoeMichel O’Brien, or Judy Hennessy.

Media contact: Rune Torgersen, Department of Public Affairs,

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