Faculty Conversation Series: Equity and access

Jan. 31, 2019

Faculty Conversation Series: Equity and access

The Faculty Development Center invites all full-time and part-time faculty and academic partners to the “Equity and Access Faculty Conversation Series," a new series of monthly discussions and pizza lunches.

The topics chosen for the Spring Semester represent issues of growing faculty interest at Webster. All are welcome at this monthly gathering to discuss crucial issues of justice and inclusion in higher education, with the goal of helping all Webster students achieve their academic goals.


Did You Know?

  • About 50% of undergraduate classes in Fall 2018 had at least one student with a disability in the class (Webster Groves campus).
  • 10% of Webster undergraduate students have disclosed a disability and set up accommodations through the Academic Resource Center (Fall 2018).
  • Over 90% of students who have disclosed a disability to the ARC have an invisible disability (undergraduate and graduate students).

Equity and Access Conversations

Our community has become increasingly aware of the academic challenges and structural injustices faced by many of our students. This conversation series will feature informal discussions designed to promote advocacy for these student populations and to brainstorm strategies for strengthening our support of marginalized student voices. If there is continued interest, the conversation series will continue into the next academic year with a focus on supporting students of color and supporting first-generation students.

Spring Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center Suite (Emerson Library 420).

  • Feb. 22 - Supporting Students with Disabilities, hosted by Nellie Hopmann and Cindy Yamnitz, of the Academic Resource Center, with faculty members, Terri Reilly and Anne Geraghty-Rathert
  • Mar. 22 - Supporting Trans and Non-binary Students, with facilitator Amanda Kracen, Dept. of Psychology
  • Apr. 12 - Supporting Students with Autism, with facilitators Morgan Grotewiel, Dept. of Psychology, and John Aleshunas, Dept. of Math & Computer Science

RSVP here if you plan to attend as pizza will be served. Students are welcome to attend.

Any community feedback or suggestions for further sessions can be communicated on the RSVP form. Please email Liza Dister, faculty development coordinator, at edister17@webster.edu with any questions.

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