“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere... whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” 
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Join us for the 7th Annual Teach-In on

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Seidman College of Business (Grand Rapids)

Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center (Allendale)

This is the seventh annual Teach-in, entitled Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues. The original idea of holding a Teach-in at GVSU in 2014  was motivated by a number of campus indicators about improving equity and inclusion on our campus, including the 2011 Campus Climate Study and ongoing reports of bias incidents on campus. These incidents included hostile acts based on race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, and class. Students reported that such incidents also occur in the classroom, and they have emphasized the importance of faculty response to intentional or unintentional bias comments and actions. These reports underscore the urgent need for the faculty to take a strong stand to oppose discrimination, intimidation, and oppression in all its forms. Early Teach-ins were so well-received that the University Academic Senate and Student Senate voted unanimously to sponsor this event on a yearly basis.  Important supporting contributions to the GVSU Teach-in also come from the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Provost's Office, and the Vice-President of Student Affairs.

The Teach-in is intended for the purpose of mutual education among students, faculty and staff of the GVSU community and intended to address topics related to inequality and systems of oppression, as well as social justice and liberation.  Recognizing the multi-faceted dimensions of these topics, this Teach-in is now a two-day long event. The learning objectives of Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues are to raise awareness, inform, create dialogue, and document suggestions for action.  

In an effort to involve as many students, faculty and staff as possible, we will be hosting concurrent sessions that align with the Wednesday - Thursday class schedules; 45 - 90 minute sessions in Grand Rapids (Seidman) and 75 minute sessions in Allendale.  Please keep in mind that a teach-in is practical, participatory and action oriented. We especially encourage contributions with an intersectional framework (race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability). Sessions should include student leaders as co-presenters or panelists. We welcome collaborative faculty/student/staff/community sessions that involve educational frameworks for opening dialogues, workshops, and engaged pedagogies.

Requirements for the composition of the Session Presentation Teams are given on the Proposal Submission Link above.


On behalf of UAS  (University Academic Senate) and the Student Senate,

John Bender (CHM), Chair of Equity and Inclusion Committee 
Eric-John Szczepaniak, Student Senate President

Program Sponsors

Division of Inclusion and Equity, Division of Student Affairs, and Office of the Provost