Bridging Differences and Creating Change

Join two days of lectures, discussions, and activities designed to create a space to have challenging conversations about the social issues facing us today. 

UMass Dartmouth Teach-In 2017: Bridging Differences and Creating Change

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Teach-In 2017 will provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to discuss diversity and inclusion. Discussions and workshops will run on class schedules - every 50 minutes on Wednesday, March 1 and every 75 minutes on Thursday, March 2. A list of presenters is provided. 

  • Explore the societal issues that have divided our country and community
  • Examine our own narratives
  • Learn from each other's perspectives
  • Practice the art of dialogue
  • Take action to bridge differences and create change

Campus Center activities held on March 1 and 2 from 12pm-4pm

  • Sade Smith, Marginalized Faces
  • Instagram Essay Table - Learn how you can be part of the Teach-in 2017 story.
  • Button making table - Wear your beliefs! Make a button that speaks to your values.
  • Postcard writing tables - Write your representatives to tell them your views, to thank them for their views, or to call for action.

Schedule of Lectures and Workshops 

Wednesday, March 1

11am-1pm

  • Campus Center - Tunes at Noon - NyLo

11am-12pm

  • Main Auditorium - Kick Off and Introduction - Cynthia Cummings, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Jen Riley, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences with video welcome from Chancellor Helm

11am-5pm

  • Library Reading Room - Photography Exhibit: Maria Amell, CVPA '16, Humans of UMass Dartmouth

12pm-2pm

12pm-1pm

1pm-2pm

 2pm-3pm

 3pm-4pm

  • Grand Reading Room - "Unlearning Racism II" - Gail Fortes and Pam Pollock 
  • CCB Auditorium -  "Trans 101" - Juli Parker
  • Campus Center - Instagram essays; postcard tables; student groups

4pm-5pm

5:15pm-7pm

7pm-9pm

  • Main Auditorium - Climbing PoeTree Performance

Thursday, March 2

11am-1pm

12:30-1:45pm

2:00-3:15pm

3:30-4:45pm

4:00-5:15pm

5:30-7:00pm

List of Presenters

  • Elisabeth Arruda - Part Time Lecturer, Women’s Studies
  • Ashley Bendiksen - Entrepreneur/Speaker
  • Morgan Peters, Associate Professor/Director African & African American
  • Wendy Morrill Graca - Administrative Assistant, Crime and Justice Studies
  • Roger Cabral - South Coast Neighbors United
  • Gail Fortes- Executive Director, YWCA, New Bedford
  • Pam Pollock - Racial Justice Program Facilitator, YWCA, New Bedford
  • Brian Broadrose - Assistant Professor, Sociology/Anthropology
  • Juli Parker - Assistant Dean of Students/Director, Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Dawn Doucette-Kaplan - Resident Director
  • Jacob Hogg - Resident Director
  • Jessica Harris - Resident Director
  • Helena DaSilvas-Hughes - Immigrant Assistance Center
  • Lisa Maya Knauer, Chairperson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Camilo Viveiros, Labor Educator, Arnold Dubin Center for Labor Education
  • Chris Larkosh - Associate Professor, Portuguese
  • Andrea Klimt - Professor, Sociology/Anthropology
  • Gloria da Sá - Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology
  • Jacqueline Satlow - Director, Center for Religious & Spiritual Life
  • Matt Litchfield - Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
  • Deacon Frank Lucca - Catholic Campus Ministries
  • Swami Yogatamanda - Vendanta Society in Providence; Hindu Chaplain at UMass Dartmouth
  • Mufti Ikram ul Haq - Resident Imam at the Masjid Al Islam in North Smithfield, RI and Mufti of Rhode Island
  • Shelby Ferreira - Program Manager, Diversity Nursing Scholars
  • Stephen Padgett - Assistant Professor, Community Nursing
  • Leanne Robinson - Academic Services Coordinator, Diversity Nursing Scholars
  • Walter Stroup - Associate Professor of STEM Education and Teacher Development; Co-Director of the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education
  • Shaknoza Kayumova - Assistant Professor of STEM Education and Teacher Development
  • Shelly Metivier Scott - Associate Dean of Students
  • Mary Beckwith - Director of Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution
  • Eric Petersen - Resident Director
  • Lucinda Poudrier-Aaronson - Director of Housing
  • LaToya Robertson, Resident Director
  • Val Bassett, Executive Director, Women's Fund of Southeastern Mass
  • Sherrie Anne Andre - Co-founder, The FANG Collective