Teaching Commons > Events > Fall Forum on Teaching & Learning > Bandwidth Recovery (2019)

Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

​​​​​​Friday, November 1, 2019 | Lincoln Park Student Center Room 120AB

Doors open at 9:30am | Keynote begins at 10:00am

The cognitive resources for learning of many of our students have been and are being diminished by the negative effects of persistent economic insecurity and discrimination and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity, we can implement strategies and interventions – in and outside the classroom - that show promise in helping students regain the cognitive resources to be successful in college. 

At this event, participants learned about and practice several interventions designed to help students recover bandwidth, beginning with a strengths perspective about what skills and abilities they are bringing to the table – “funds of knowledge.” The interventions include values affirmation, connecting the known to the unknown, growth mindset and neurobics, and high-hope syllabi. 

Watch the 2019 Fall Forum keynote here.

View photos from the 2019 Fall Forum here.


Time Activity
9:30 am Registration and Light Breakfast
10:00 am Welcoming Remarks
10:15 am Keynote Presentation
12:15 pm Lunch with Colleagues

​Keynote Speaker: Cia Verschedlen

Cia Verschelden

Cia Verschelden is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Malcolm X College. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Institutional Assessment at University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). At UCO, she taught in sociology and in the first-year program; at Kansas State University, where she was on the faculty for 21 years, she taught social welfare and social policy, women’s studies, and nonviolence studies. Cia has a B.S. in psychology from Kansas State University, an M.S.W. from The University of Connecticut, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. Her book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, was published in 2017 by Stylus. 

Some of Dr. Verschelden's bandwidth recovery resources can be accessed via the links below.