2023 CLA Day of Teaching and Learning

Day of Teaching and Learning
Event Date & Time
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Event Location
McNamara Alumni Center Memorial Hall

200 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The first annual Day of Teaching and Learning brings together those in CLA who teach undergraduate students, for conversation with each other and with two internationally recognized pedagogical leaders. This is a hybrid event- see format details below!

Hosted by:
CLA Office of Undergraduate Education
CLA Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Keynote Speakers & Workshop Facilitators


About the Event

The goal of the CLA-wide inaugural Day of Teaching and Learning is for those of us who teach undergraduate students to come together as a community of teachers and pedagogues to develop and deepen our knowledge in conversation with each other and two internationally-recognized pedagogical leaders. Together, we will ​enact our shared commitment to design learning experiences (from curriculum and assignments, to interactions, environment, and assessment) ​that use high impact practices ​to support equity​ and inclusion in our undergraduate education.

This event is open to everyone in CLA who teaches undergraduate students. Whether you are a graduate student who teaches, a professional faculty member, or a tenure/tenure-track faculty member, we welcome you to register. 

CLA includes a wide range of disciplines and programs, and we share and serve an incredible student body. The Day of Teaching and Learning will engage us in a collective conversation around supporting our students’ success, promoting equity in our teaching and practice, using high impact practices to meaningful support accessibility, and building an energized teaching community across our programs and with respect to our shared core competencies. 

To prepare for this event you may choose to read the books of our Keynote speakers. You can access them through the University of Minnesota Libraries.


Dr. Rendón will review the college experience for first-generation and racially minoritized students, including long-standing structural inequalities and challenges confronted during the transition to college. Rendón will also discuss the importance of humanizing education through culturally-validating relationships, dismantling deficit-based perspectives and operating with an equity-minded, critical race consciousness.

This will be an interactive workshop that will review contemporary pedagogies related to equity, justice, inclusion and well-being. Special attention will be given to Dr. Rendón’s sentipensante (sensing thinking) pedagogy, a culturally-validating, deep learning experience that addresses the rhythmic balance between intellectual, social, emotional and inner-life skill development. Participants will learn how this holistic, contemplative approach can be applied in diverse college classrooms with special attention to equity and justice.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the differences between the college experience of affluent students and that of low-income, first-generation and racially minoritized students
  • Recognize the assets of first-generation and racially minoritized students
  • Learn how to be validating agents who establish relationship-rich contexts for learning
  • Recognize entrenched cultural narratives that work against the education of first-generation and racially minoritized students
  • Identify contemporary pedagogies related to equity, justice, inclusion and well-being
  • Learn to apply sentipensante (sensing/thinking) pedagogy in college classroom contexts

Despite best efforts to advance diversity, postsecondary institutions around the world have found themselves in the midst of campus protests. Arguably, at the heart of increased activism on college campuses is the failure of postsecondary institutions to create more inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist learning environments where minoritized students can experience teaching that suggest they belong, and their lived experiences really matter. Accordingly, this workshop explores how a commitment to an anti-racist praxis can contribute to the promotion of inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environments inside the classroom.
After the presentation participants should be able to do the following:

  • Describe Anti-Racism and Anti-Racist Pedagogy
  • Name and explain at least 3 elements of Anti-Racist, Inclusive, and Equity-Minded Pedagogy
  • Name and explain at least 3 elements of Anti-Racist Learning Environments
  • Describe participant social identities and how they may impact pedagogy
  • Describe Equity-Mindedness and how to advance inclusive and equitable learning environments within the context of the institution



This event is offered in a hybrid format to maximize accessibility and opportunity for engagement. The speakers will be here on campus, facilitating in-person workshops. Our capacity in both modalities (in-person and remote) is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Registration Details

Registration is open.

The on-campus event location will be finalized in September. Check-in on Wednesday, Jan. 11, starts at 8:30 a.m., with the workshop starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 4:30 p.m.

This event is designed to be an in-person event, with a virtual option available to those for whom in person is not accessible. The workshops will include interaction in either modality, with engagement designed and facilitated in each mode to support a high quality experience for everyone. Please note there are strong benefits to joining in person to engage with our speakers and colleagues during the event.

NOTICE: Due to the complexity of hosting a hybrid event, we are unable to change or alter the modality choice once submitted. Therefore your modality choice will be locked in once submitted. When you register, please keep in mind that there are those in our community who can only attend virtually. We appreciate your consideration in this matter.

Our capacity is limited in both modalities, so registering early is recommended.


Consult our list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Day of Teaching and Learning, or contact Judy Anderson at ander011@umn.edu with any additional questions.

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