Proposal Title

Adventures in Diverse Classrooms in Complex Times: Which Policies Guide Academic Freedom in the Classroom?

Presentation Type

Regular Presentation

Location

OM 3612

Start Date

19-2-2019 8:50 AM

End Date

19-2-2019 9:30 AM

Proposal Abstract

TRU’s unique demographic composition represents an advantage, but also a challenge. While the cultural plurality of our student body, faculty, and staff is an undeniable resource for the development of a rich and cosmopolitan university experience, the increasing convergence of groups with different ethnic backgrounds also creates the potential for cultural frictions and even acts of discrimination and inequitable treatment. Moreover, the increased public presence of ethnic nationalism around the world and in Canada has sparked renewed interest in the balance between free expression and equality rights at universities. All around the world, prejudice has been emboldened and we witness increasing forms of racism and cultural intolerance in the public space. In this session we will unpack some challenging classroom moments and explore the rights of students and educators when cultural conflicts arise.

Statement

This session seeks to explore how policy and law support faculty in mediating cultural and worldview conflicts in the classroom. These types of adventures are likely to increase and this session is important for instructors to understand their rights, as well as those of their students.

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Adventures in Diverse Classrooms in Complex Times: Which Policies Guide Academic Freedom in the Classroom?

OM 3612

TRU’s unique demographic composition represents an advantage, but also a challenge. While the cultural plurality of our student body, faculty, and staff is an undeniable resource for the development of a rich and cosmopolitan university experience, the increasing convergence of groups with different ethnic backgrounds also creates the potential for cultural frictions and even acts of discrimination and inequitable treatment. Moreover, the increased public presence of ethnic nationalism around the world and in Canada has sparked renewed interest in the balance between free expression and equality rights at universities. All around the world, prejudice has been emboldened and we witness increasing forms of racism and cultural intolerance in the public space. In this session we will unpack some challenging classroom moments and explore the rights of students and educators when cultural conflicts arise.