Culturally Inclusive Pedagogies: Preparing Learners to Engage Difference with Curiosity and Care

Culturally Inclusive Pedagogies: Preparing Learners to Engage Difference with Curiosity and Care

FI2021 Speakers

Keynote Topic
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr Lisa Moore

Dr. Lisa Moore

Lisa Lynelle Moore, Ph.D., LICSW, is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Master of Arts in Social Work and Social Welfare Program at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.

Her current research includes two different projects. The first is the "Intersections of race, racism, and psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theories." This work is a theoretical reflection and examination of public documents drawing on Fanon's theory of phobogenesis to examine the ways major institutional systems (Law enforcement, Government, Education, and Healthcare) draw on constructions of fear to rationalize the dehumanization of Black and Brown bodies.

The UMA DEI Council is working with Dr. Moore to design this keynote session now. Please answer this one-question survey to help us design a session that best meets our needs.

Plenary Topic
Hybrid-Flexible (Hyflex) Course and Program Design - 
Student Choice and Instructional Continuity

Dr. Brian Beatty

Dr. Brian Beatty

Dr. Brian Beatty is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University. Brian’s primary areas of interest and research include social interaction in online learning, flipped classroom implementation, and developing instructional design theory for Hybrid-Flexible learning environments. At SFSU, Dr. Beatty pioneered the development and evaluation of the HyFlex course design model for blended learning environments, implementing a “student-directed-hybrid” approach to better support student learning.

We are working with Dr. Beatty to design this plenary session now. Please answer this one-question survey to help us design a session that best meets our needs.

Plenary Topic
Learning Design Practices that Prepare for Effective Difficult Course Conversations

Tasha Souza

Dr. Tasha Souza

Tasha is the Director of the BUILD Program at Boise State University.  Prior to this role, she spent five years as Associate Director of the CTL.  Her career path has also included roles as a full professor of Communication and the Faculty Associate for Inclusive Classrooms at Humboldt State University. 

She is a consultant on communication, inclusive excellence, and pedagogy. She has published in the areas of difficult dialogues in the classroom, transforming classroom conflict, discussion-based teaching, confronting microaggressions with micro resistance, instructional communication, service-learning pedagogy, and intercultural conflict.

We are working with Dr. Souza to design this plenary session now. Please answer this one-question survey to help us design a session that best meets our needs.

Chat BubblesCall for Presenters

We invite faculty and staff to present at the 2021 Faculty Insitute. We encourage the community to propose presentations related to this year's theme and essential questions. 

We will continue taking proposals until April 21st at 11:59 pm or until the maximum number of concurrent sessions (9) has been selected. Thank you in advance for your proposal.

An Honorarium for Presenters 

In appreciation for your contribution, presenters will be provided a $100 honorarium to present at the 2021 Faculty Institute. Presentations can include up to four (4) presenters. Up to nine (9) presentations will be selected. Once nice (9) sessions have been selected we will close the call for proposals.

The honorarium is only available to UMS faculty and staff.

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The Program Agenda is Being Developed

This year's schedule will include live keynote, plenary, and a small number of concurrent breakout sessions delivered on Brightspace through Zoom webinars on May 14.

Live sessions will begin with the Keynote at 8:30 am on the 14th, and the live sessions will conclude at 4:30 pm. There will be 15-minute breaks between session blocks with a 45-minute break at midday to provide relief from Zoom fatigue.

Starting May 1, asynchronous professional development modules will be available. These asynchronous sessions will remain available on Brightspace.

Both live sessions and asynchronous professional development modules will address one or more of the essential questions associated with this year's theme.

As we get closer to the date, we will provide more details. 

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FI Accessibility Statement

The University makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this event should contact Faculty Development Center at or (207) 262-7979 to submit a request. Certain accommodations may require planning and resources for us to implement, so we ask that individuals with accommodations needs submit their request no later than the date registration closes: Thursday, May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.). Thank you!

Essential Questions

  • How can we give all learners, no matter where they are located in time and space, a sense of inclusion, connection, and equitable social presence in the learning community? 
  • How can we better inform ourselves about issues students face around diversity and equity to create a more inclusive teaching and learning environment?
  • How do we prepare students for difficult conversations and materials they may find offensive and set the stage to include voices resistant to opposing opinions?
  • How can we explore hyflex course design elements to support the needs of a diverse student body and assure flexible and equitable access to learning? 
  • How can we design courses and curricula that allow for micro-credentialing, allowing students to attain knowledge, career credentials, and skills via non-traditional paths?

Virtual Faculty Institute

May 14th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Our 2021 Faculty Institute is currently under development. This year all sessions will be organized and delivered through the UMS Brightspace platform, similarly to last year. 

We sincerely look forward to an on-campus event in 2022.

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FI Who Should Attend

We invite attendees from all campuses and outreach centers to join us. This event is most suitable for those teaching, learning, supporting, or advising via distance or web-facilitated modalities, such as compressed video, interactive television, web-conference, satellite campus or outreach center, correspondence, or fully online. In other words, anyone involved in the work of technology-enhanced teaching and learning within the University of Maine System will find this conference useful.

You might elect to attend if you are teaching or working in the University of Maine System, and one of the following:

  • Full-time faculty
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Fully online or distance faculty
  • Graduate student with a teaching assignment within UMS
  • Academic administration or leadership
  • Academic support staff
  • Distance logistics support
  • Disability or accessibility coordinators
  • Library staff
  • Instructional, learning, or eLearning designers
  • Distance education specialists
  • Student support service providers
  • Center-based staff (or any UMS staff supporting teaching and learning away from the “campus hub”)
  • Instructional content developers
  • Staff using Kaltura, Zoom, or Blackboard
  • Online training developers
  • Academic advisors

The Faculty Insititute is a rich compendium of professional development opportunities for distance educators across the whole University of Maine System. 

This event is also exclusive to members of the University of Maine System. There is no cost for a UMS faculty or staff to attend.

Normally, as a collaborative event, the Institute has a system-wide planning committee with faculty and staff representing each campus. The University of Maine at Augusta hosts this event for in-person attendees. While it has had various names over the years, the Faculty Institute has existed in some variation for the system for the past 30 years. 

This year (2021), given the pandemic the event is a smaller operation funded by UMA and conducted as a series of webinar events through Brightspace. The UMA Faculty Development Center with the UMA DEI council are coordinating the keynote, plenary speakers, and topics together. 

It is our pleasure to carry on this tradition of offering a system-wide, collaboratively designed event with sessions presented by our faculty and staff, as well as guests we invite. 

Thank you for visiting our site. We look forward to seeing you soon!

For the past many years, the Faculty Institute has been scheduled on the Thursday following the end of the Spring semester. This year that is May 13th. May 12-13 is also Eid al Fitr. Eid al Fitr also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. To honor Eid al Fitr, the planning committee has moved the Faculty Institute's date to May 14th. To learn more about important religious holidays honored by our university community, please visit the University of Maine System Holiday Schedule.


The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is committed to free speech and fosters an environment in which all members of our community have access to a vibrant, enriching education befitting a democracy. A hallmark of our work is academic freedom and open inquiry. We are proud to affirm our ongoing commitment to an education that is diverse, inclusive, equitable and anti-racist.  We recognize that diversity is a strength, and encourage our college community to examine issues related to: race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, gender, gender identity/expression, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, and disability.

UMA applauds the endeavors of students, faculty and staff who engage in this work, including the development of programs and curricula. Through these and other undertakings, UMA actively promotes the lively exchange of ideas to improve our efforts and be responsive to the needs of our community. UMA will continue to lead by example, rising to the challenge of embracing change, acknowledging shortcomings, and prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in pursuit of our mission.

The President’s Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides support and advocacy for these efforts.

Endorsed by Faculty Senate: 2/19/21
Endorsed by President’s Cabinet: 2/23/21

Related Links

Title IX –Equal Opportunity Resources »
University of Maine System Board of Trustees Policy Section 212: Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Civility »
General Education Requirement – Cultural Diversity »

UMA is committed to ensuring a productive and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse community, which includes people of all abilities, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, religious traditions, socioeconomic classes, and ages. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council will work to support strategic initiatives, partnerships, advocacy, innovation, and educational programs that will create, sustain, and enrich UMA’s institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion of its entire community. They will also work to identify challenges, propose strategies, and make recommendations for new and ongoing policies that support DEI initiatives.

Putting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Action

The DEI Council will:

  • Promote a long-term and sustained culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that is flexible, evolving, and open to continual improvement.
  • Establish institutional funding for ongoing education and training programs in DEI areas, to include regular professional development opportunities for all members of the community.
  • Recognize that inequalities and exclusions are the products of both structural policies and unconscious prejudice, and that DEI initiatives are not possible without both institutional support and healthy self-reflection and openness to learning from all members of our community.
  • Organize and promote workshops, activities, professional development, and research in DEI related areas and advocate that these opportunities be supported and rewarded through administrative and institutional support. These development activities should be provided by university professionals as well as initiated by student interests in order to better address structural blind spots and increase attention to diverse students’ actual needs.
  • Create a shared culture of DEI through deliberate and public expressions of DEI values. This means that we will seek to actively and positively create learning communities that are inclusive of sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, age, and income differences and actively understand and promote the benefits of DEI across our entire community.
  • Intentionally prioritize and support faculty efforts to integrate DEI research, tools, and perspectives into their curriculum and classroom practices.
  • Intentionally recruit and retain faculty, students, and staff that reflect multicultural and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Susan Baker, Co-Chair
Professor of Science

Gregory Fahy, Co-Chair
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Aaminah Aleem
Administrative Specialist, Office of Student Life

Jessica Angelova
Student Representative

Lisa Botshon
Professor of English

Amanda Brown
Student Representative

Patricia Clark
Lecturer of Mental Health and Human Services

Leslie Devine
Project Coordinator to End Gender-Based Violence

David Leon
Student Representative

Noel March
Lecturer of Justice Studies and Director of the Maine Community Policing Institute

Jennifer Moody
Student Representative

Laura Rodas
Associate Dean of Students

Terri Reiter
Director of the Center for Student Support and Development

Lynett Roy
Staff Associate for Academic Advising

Valerie Rubinsky
Assistant Professor of Communications

Joseph Spiller
Liaison to the Student General Assembly

Shelley Taylor
Student Services Coordinator, UMA Brunswick Center

Rebecca White
Assistant Professor of History