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Resources for Teaching through the Election

Following Dr. Howard’s message on October 20 and recognizing the heightened unease, anxiety, or tension our students may be experiencing, the Center for Academic Innovation would like to offer additional resources for approaching conversations and instruction during the next few weeks. Several of the resources also offer guidance for nurturing your own mental health and wellbeing as an instructor.

First, we want to highlight the workshop co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Student Development and Learning Resources, “Communicating Across the Political Divide,” Tuesday, October 27, 12:45 – 2:30pm. Register on My Chemeketa using CRN 42995.

Next, Harvard University’s Teaching and Learning lab curated a resource on Teaching in Times of Strife and Trauma. Below are excerpts of the more relevant resources.

TEACHING DURING ELECTIONS

DISCUSSING DIFFICULT TOPICS 

TEACHING IN TRAUMATIC TIMES

Finally, faculty should not feel obligated to initiate conversations or engage with topics that lie outside of their curriculum, discipline, or expertise. We are sharing these materials as a resource for you should you have need of them or are looking for guidance on respectful communication during uncomfortable discussions. We hope they offer some just-in-time strategies as well as food for thought.

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