Exploring ways to foster student engagement, capacity, and continuity are the themes of a keynote presentation that will be delivered by Eric J. Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota, at the Creating an Inclusive Campus conference scheduled May 22-23. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged and invited to participate in the program, which is designed to create opportunities for the community to co-create an inclusive campus.
Jolly, who serves on the College’s Board of Regents, will discuss the need for educating and equipping students to succeed in a workplace that is increasingly competitive and diverse in order to ensure national economic prosperity. To learn more about Jolly’s presentation and the concepts of “Engagement, Capacity and Continuity: A Trilogy of Student Success,” download a PDF description.
The original idea for the Creating an Inclusive Campus program grew out of the College’s mission, which affirms a commitment to intentional diversity in life and work. Velma Lashbrook, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and an assistant professor of leadership studies, said that since the beginning, the conference has had a focus on issues related to racism. This year’s program, ‘Reimagining Augsburg: Learning, Retention, and Success,’ will dig into campus and classroom strategies for fostering and building upon inclusiveness.
“The first conference focused on racism and white privilege,” she said. “Since then, we’ve broadened the topics covered. Racism always has a role in the programming, but we’ve also explored LGBTQIA issues, poverty and classism, and this year we have a number of sessions addressing accessibility, and adapting to students with learning disabilities, and mental health issues.”