Where to start

Welcome to the Teach-In 2021

Since its inception, the Teach-In has been continuously reinventing itself. One important principle is that it is student led and collaborative. Each session is unique both in terms of its format and its pedagogy. 

  • Teach-In Sessions are for collaborative student/faculty/staff/community teams that involve educational frameworks for opening dialogues on inequality, systems of oppression, social justice and liberation in the format of workshops and other engaged pedagogies.
  • Please keep in mind that a GVSU Teach-In Session is practical, participatory and action-oriented.
  • We especially encourage topical contributions with an intersectional framework (considering interconnections of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, xenophobia, etc.), and sessions that integrate faculty, staff, and students as co-creators.

The primary Guidelines for the Teach-In Submissions are:

  • Session Presentation Teams must have at least two members (more is very welcome and common)
  • Presentations must include:
    • A current GVSU Student 
    • A current GVSU Faculty, Staff, or Graduate Student
  • We encourage local community members as co-presenters. 
  • GVSU Graduate Students who are also GVSU Staff may elect either affiliation. 
  • Abstract Approval will also be contingent on the clarity of writing, and use of inclusive language.

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2021

Where to start?

I. Making Contact

Presentation groups can come together in a variety of ways. Here are some examples:

  1. A student or a group of students (undergraduate, graduate) contact a grad student, or a staff or a professor and ask them to be part of the presentation.
  2. A Professor makes an announcement in their classes or personally contact one or more students (undergraduate or graduate), and then contact staff/colleagues/Community members if they wish to do so.
  3. A staff/grad student contact a student or students, and if they wish to do so contact other staff, grad students, faculty or Community members.
  4. The Equity and Inclusion Committee contacts a staff member, a grad student or a faculty and ask them to include a student who has not found a team (usually towards the end of the application period).

II. Developing a Proposal

  1. The team may already have a precise idea or a proposal and a format and a pedagogy and together they make suggestions, check the content of the proposal, its feasibility, etc. They agree on a time slot, who is the primary faculty/staff/grad student presenter and who is the primary student presenter.
  2. The team does not have a precise idea. Together they brainstorm to come up with a proposal and a mode of presentation, and they agree on the proposal before submission. Together they make suggestions, check the content of the proposal, its feasibility, etc. They agree on a time slot, and who is the primary faculty/staff/grad student presenter and who is the primary student presenter.
  3. One person of the team proposes to depart from a video/document created before with a social justice lens. The team have to come up with a proposal and an engaged pedagogy around this document. Together they make suggestions, check the content of the proposal, its feasibility, etc. They agree on a time slot, and who is the primary faculty/staff/grad student presenter and who is the primary student presenter

Examples are available on the Teach-In website under the ‘Past schedules’ tab of how to redact one or two paragraphs for the proposal submission.  

III. Submitting a Proposal 

  1. One person from the team of presenters submits the proposal. You have until October 25, 2021 to do so.
  2. The submitter goes on to the Teach-In website, and selects the “Submit a proposal’ tab.
  3. The submitter adds all the presenters and fill in all the fields. In particular the title, 1-2 paragraphs of the session description, the format, and the time slot(s) agreed upon.
  • The EIC committee will review the submissions on a rolling base until October 25, 2021.
  • If there is some questions on the proposal (guidelines not respected or content), you will be contacted directly by the EIC committee members.
  • The schedule will be posted on the Teach-In website, under the "Schedule" tab.

 

Q&A

Format

Q. Presenter:

I have a short video I did that I would like to share with students and generate a dialogue. Is it possible to do that?

  1. Technically, yes. Although the most common format is a live presentation with power point slides and panelists together with either integrated group discussions/activities throughout the presentation or general discussion at the end, this is possible.

Note: The video link should be provided on the ‘Submission proposal’ page of the Teach-In website as well as a summary of about the video’s content for the selection committee.

The presentation has to be student led (one undergraduate student) at minimum. So the video cannot be a stand-alone experience, the student presenter must present something about it, such as a context, a critique, etc. The team should prepare questions/activities/actions for the audience. We have had debates, simulations, a redacted letter to the dean of CLAS, budget sheets, etc., for example, in the past.

 

Recruitment

Q. As student I not only would like to attend but also to present. How should I go about it? 

      A. You have the choice to contact a grad student, a professor, or a staff member. It can be from your own network at GVSU. Alternatively, depending on your interests, you can also contact some GVSU centers : the LGBTQ center, The Woman center, the office of Multi-cultural Affairs, Campus Interfaith, Trio, the student organizations, or the President of the Students Senate (for a connection with a grad student, for example), etc., to help you find a collaborator; may be your RA in the living center can help you connect with staff and even present with you. Check the names on the previous programs/schedules that seem to share a common interest with you and contact them.

Q. Should we (the team) recruit students to attend?

  1. An email went to the students after Labor Day inviting them to participate and/or attend. Professors, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students are encouraged to advertise about the Teach-In in general and their session in particular. 

Q. Should we try to get other faculty involved in a session? 

      A. Yes, it is a possibility. Note that a student must be actively involved in the session. As a guideline, you might want to think in terms of how much time to reserve for discussion/activities/action in your 75 min session. In general attendees expect and enjoy those participative, action-oriented sessions.

Q.Should we try to get other faculty from other universities? 

  1. We would prefer faculty who have a link with GVSU. We have had members of the GR community in the past. Here again you might want to think in terms of how much time to reserve for discussion/activities/actions you want to have in your 75 min session. In general attendees expect and enjoy those participative, action-oriented sessions.

Q.Is there a suggested number of participants?  

  1. At minimum 2, one of which must be an undergraduate or graduate student. In the past we have had groups of up to 8 or 9 undergraduate presenters.