DePaul University Teaching Commons > Events > Fall Forum on Teaching & Learning > Race & Social Identity (2017)

Teaching Commons Fall Forum on Teaching & Learning: Race and Social Identity in the Classroom. Oct 20th, 9:30am, LPC Stu Center

Each year the Fall Forum on Teaching and Learning brings together members of DePaul community to connect with one another and share strategies for teaching and learning. The Fall Forum kicks off the academic year with an event focused on pedagogy, complementing the annual Teaching and Learning Conference in the spring. This will be the first Fall Forum in which students are playing a large role—both as part of the planning process and as participants.

This year's theme, Race and Social Identity, is especially important to the DePaul community given the university's commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment. We are intentionally linking this theme to DePaul's commitment to the education of a diverse student body, which is stated in our university mission statement and which connects to our institution’s Catholic and urban character.


10:00 AM Welcoming Remarks
10:15 AM Keynote Address
11:15 AM Interview with Keynote Speaker
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Workshop
2:00 PM Closing Remarks

Learning Outcomes

After participating in the 2017 Fall Forum on Teaching and Learning, faculty, staff, and students will be able to:

  • Identify some of their own implicit biases
  • Describe some ways in which race may impact the student experience in the classroom
  • Identify potential roadblocks relating to race and social identity to student success on campus
  • Articulate how intersectional identities may impact college success
  • Develop at least one strategy to ensure a successful experience in a racially and socially diverse classroom

Keynote Speaker

T. Strayhorn
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is Professor and Founder/CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC. Most recently, he was on the faculty at The Ohio State University, where he also served as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) and Founding Director of the Center for IDEAS within the College of Education and Human Ecology.

An internationally-recognized student success scholar, highly acclaimed public speaker, and award-winning writer, Strayhorn is author of 10 books and over 200 book chapters and journal articles and other scholarly publications. He has given hundreds of invited keynotes and lectures at more than 500 universities and conferences across the globe. Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement; issues of race, equity and diversity; impact of college on students, and student learning and development. His most popular book, College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success, has won a book award and sold record copies nationally.

Known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, Strayhorn was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2011, one of Business First’s “Top 40 under 40,” one of the “Top 20 to Know in Education,” and became the youngest full professor in Ohio State’s history in 2014. He has been quoted in major news outlets including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside HigherEd, Huffington Post, and newspapers across the nation. Prior to Ohio State, Strayhorn was Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Research Associate at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, DC. Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a masters degree (MEd) in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (PhD) in higher education from Virginia Tech. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Event Sponsors

The fall forum is jointly sponsored by the Office for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) and the President’s Signature Series.

Student Affairs, the University-Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL), Student Government Association (SGA), the Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE),  and Faculty Council's Committee on Learning and Teaching (COLT) contribute to the planning of the event. ​​

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