2019 Fall Forum: Frameworks for Equity and Inclusion

2019 Fall Forum: Frameworks for Equity and Inclusion

We are delighted to invite all Pratt community to the 2019 Fall Forum: Frameworks for Equity and Inclusion. This collaborative event between the Provost’s office, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will focus on raising critical questions and sharing best practices about how to support the success of a diverse student body. The Forum aims to bring together the Pratt community for a discussion to broaden our collective thinking about equity. In particular, the Forum will engage with questions in our learning environments related to race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, first generation students, LGBTQIA students, international students, and students of different abilities (neuro-diversity). The Forum will also provide faculty and staff interested in teaching and learning with the knowledge base, pedagogical skills, and community support they need to effectively work together.

Full Program

Faculty Presentations

Commentary: Faculty Presenters sharing their speaking notes:

Program At-A-Glance:

8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:00–9:20 AM – Welcome – President Frances Bronet, Provost Kirk Pillow

9:20–10:30  AM – Keynote address –  Dr. Tia Brown McNair

10:40–12:10  AM – Faculty Frameworks in Short Form

12:10 AM–1:10  PM – Lunch and Poster Sessions

12:10–2:00 PM – Faculty Panels

2:00–2:50 PM – Interactive Session with Visiting Artist, Shaun Leonardo

2:50–3:00 PM – Closing Remarks

Keynote Presentation

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences.  McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: “Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers,” “Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning”, and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.” She directed AAC&U’s projects on “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success,” “Advancing Underserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning,” “Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success,” and “Developing a Community College Roadmap. McNair chaired AAC&U’s Equity Working Group that was part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represented a large-scale, systematic effort to provide “design principles” for 21st-century learning and long-term student success. She is the lead author of the book Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair is a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices.  Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC. McNair’s previous experience also includes serving as a Social Scientist/Assistant Program Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Director of University Relations at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia; the Statewide Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Project at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and the Interim Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment Services at West Virginia State University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions where she taught first-year English courses. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

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Pratt Institute News article about the Forum.

Special Thanks to the Forum-Planning Faculty Committee:

  • Maura Conley
  • Heather Horton
  • Heather Lewis
  • Jennifer Logun
  • Keena Suh
  • Jason Vigneri-Beane
  • Karyn Zieve
  • Beilin Xu, Pratt ’22 Forum Visual Design
  • and Peg Fox



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