Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

March Events

Fatness, Body-Size Stigma, and Thin Privilege

Monday, March 11 | 3:00-4:30 PM | CME, Maucker 109
Panelists: Fabio Fontana (Kinesiology), Susan Hill (CETL), Jesse Swan (English)

This panel discussion focuses on research and analysis of the changing socio-cultural perspectives on body size and fatness. Presenters will highlight research on anti-fat biases of exercise-related professionals and weight-related bullying, historical ideas about fat bodies and current medical research on fatness and health, and fat stigma and the hidden presumptions of thin privilege. If you are interested in exploring the social, medical, financial, cultural, and moral appraisals of body size, join us!

Co-sponsored by Research and Sponsored Programs and the CETL.

Registration requested—Click here to register

Writing Multiple Choice Questions That Demand Critical Thinking: A Workshop

Tuesday, March 26 | 3:30-5:00 PM | Library 378
Facilitators: Abbylynn Helgevold (Philosophy & World Religions) & Susan Hill (CETL)

Many of us use multiple-choice questions in our exams: they are easy to grade, and can be very helpful in determining what students know about course content and facts.  They often seem less helpful in gauging students’ higher-level thinking skills.  This workshop focuses on how we can write multiple-choice questions that engage more complex thinking.  First, we’ll look at some strategies and examples, and then we’ll take our own multiple choice questions and begin transforming them.  It isn’t necessary, but do feel free to bring along examples of your multiple-choice questions!

Dealing with Racist-and Other Inappropriate-Comments in the Classroom: A Workshop

Wednesday, March 27 | 3:15-5:00 PM | Schindler 216
Facilitators: Susan Hill (CETL) & Karen Mitchell (Communication Studies)

Many of us find it challenging to handle racist or inappropriate comments in the classroom. Such comments often take us off guard, and can be very difficult to handle well.

This workshop focuses on:
1) the kinds of comments we should be attentive to, including microaggressions;
2) how we can set up our classrooms to avoid such comments and respond effectively when they happen; and
3) practicing our responses to such comments, because the best way to handle inappropriate language is to be prepared to do so!  

Classroom Conversations on Race: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 28 | 3:30-5:00 PM | Maucker Union, Elm Room
Panelists: Carissa Froyum (Sociology), Abbylynn Helgevold (Philosophy & World Religions), Gaetane Jean-Marie (Dean, College of Education), Ana Kogl (Political Science)

Come hear a panel of your colleagues share perspectives on navigating difficult
conversations about race in UNI classrooms and other learning spaces. Fresh on our minds are 1) the recent decision at the University of Iowa to cancel a workshop focused on white privilege, 2) a dispute at Augsburg College over the use of the n-word in class, and 3) transparency concerns at UNI related to the hosting of rap artist Waka Flocka.

These stories are not isolated, and these issues are very present in our daily lives in higher ed. How can UNI teachers, in classrooms and meetings, best address the discomfort, missteps, and strong feelings that attend conversations about race? How can we help frame the dialogue with sensitivity, and as an opportunity to move forward in productive ways?

Hold the Date: An additional panel on this topic will take place on Wednesday, April 3. Watch for more information in the April CETL calendar.


Diversity Colloquium: Family Separation: The Impact of Immigration Policy on Children & Families

Thursday, March 28 | 7:00-8:30 PM | ScholarSpace, Rod Library 301
Presenter: Maria Alcivar, Iowa State University, Human Development and Family Studies

A total of 5 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent who is undocumented/unauthorized, living in the U.S. without proper documentation. These families live in constant fear of detention and deportation due to archaic immigration policies that fail to reflect demographic changes over time. The last major immigration legislation in the U.S dates to 1996, and it was not intended to support families but instead create more restrictions and penalties. Nevertheless, immigrants, with or without status, have become an integral part of the U.S. as workers, families, entrepreneurs, taxpayers, and neighbors. But what do we know about the interaction between immigration policy and child welfare? What is the short- and long-term impact of archaic immigration laws on children and families? What is the overall public health impact of anti-immigrant policies?

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology, the CSBS, the Office of the President, and the CETL.