2021 Teach In Schedule

NOTE: Faculty, Staff and Students must use a GVSU email to attend virtual (Zoom) Teach-In sessions.


This teach-in, entitled Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues, has been planned for the purpose of mutual education among students, faculty and staff of the GVSU community and is 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, we are planning this teach-in as a daylong event. The learning objectives of Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues are to raise awareness, inform, create dialogue, and document suggestions for action.

As part of this teach-in, we are asking all participants to consider the role they play in the learning process. As such, we have developed some basic GROUNDRULES to guide the day:

  • Be aware of your own cultural identities in terms of values, beliefs, and privilege when speaking.
  • Speak from your own experience instead of generalizing (“I” instead of “they,” “we,” and “you”).
  • Allow multiple interpretations of others stories to arise, rather than sticking to your first interpretation, to ensure that you are not invalidating the experience of others.
  • Listen actively and respect others when they are talking. Utilize the WAIT Framework and ask yourself “Why Am I Talking?” as a way to think before you speak about the purpose of your comments.
  • Respect others. Do not be afraid to respectfully challenge one another by asking questions, but refrain from personal attacks; focus on ideas.
  • If someone says something that offends you, or that you feel is grossly inaccurate, point it out and call the person in to greater dialogue. The person pointing this out to you is doing so to help everyone gain deeper understanding.
  • To maintain the spirit of safe dialogue, we ask that you refrain from using recording devices to capture images or conversations. This includes cameras, cell phones, and tape recorders.


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

Karen Gipson (PHY & IRIS), Faculty Lead for 2021 Teach-in

Autumn Mueller, Student Senate President


PROGRAM SPONSORS:  Division of Inclusion and Equity, Division of Student Services, and Office of the Provost                      

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