In partnership with the UD Center for the Study of Diversity (CSD), the Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning (CTAL) will focus its Spring 2016 Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLCs) on issues of diversity and educational climate.  Each TLC session will precede an invited speaker with whom TLC participants will have unique opportunities to interact during their visit.

February: Understanding how racial literacy can improve student achievement. February 22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Faculty Commons. Participants will examine the work of Howard C. Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Urban Education and Africana Studies. Referencing his book Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference, we will explore the impact of racial stress on student achievement and ways to address racially stressful incidents as they occur. His public address at UD will follow on March 1.  Register at

March: The impact of diverse learning environments. March 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Faculty Commons. This session will focus on the work of Sylvia Hurtado, UCLA Professor of Education and former director of the Higher Education Research Institute. Participants will explore and discuss her work on diverse college environments and their effect on diverse college students. Her public talk will follow on March 16.

May: Diversity and the difference it makes. May 2, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Faculty Commons. This TLC will focus on the work of Scott Page, Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan. We will focus on his texts The Difference and Diversity and Complexity to consider the contributions of diversity within complex environment of a university. His public talk will follow on May 5.

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