Sara Varnum Institute

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Event Details

Date: November 5, 2021
Time: 8:45am – 2:15pm
Location: via Zoom


  • 8:45 – 9:00am – Welcome & Conference Logistics
  • 9:00 – 10:00am – Keynote Address 
  • 10:10am – Workshops
  • 11:30am – 12:15pm – Lunch Break
  •  12:15 – 1:35pm – Workshops
  • 1:45 – 2:15pm – Wrap Up & Closing

Keynote Address

Games, learning, social transformation and change! Game designer, producer, and educator Dr. Kat Schrier will address how we repair a world in crisis through play and games. In this interactive workshop and talk, we will explore games that help us to enhance empathy and compassion by utilizing playful activities that help us to connect. Kat will show you how to create your own (simple) games as well.

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Presenter Bio

Karen “Kat” Schrier (she/they) is a game designer, producer, and educator. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Games & Emerging Media program at Marist College, where she researches games for learning, inclusion, and compassion. She also currently consults as a Game Designer for the World Health Organization (WHO) and is co-PI on a Templeton Foundation Grant on VR and empathy. Previously, she was a Belfer Fellow for the Center for Technology & Society at the ADL. Prior to becoming a full-time academic, she worked at Scholastic, BrainPOP, and Nickelodeon. Dr. Schrier is the author/editor of over 100 published works, including We the Gamers: How Games Teach Ethics and Civics (Oxford University Press), the Learning, Education & Games series (ETC Press/Carnegie Mellon), and Knowledge Games (Johns Hopkins University Press). She holds a doctorate from Columbia University, a master’s degree from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College


Register Here

Space is limited. Please register by Thursday, November 4th by 5:00 pm

A Brief History of Sara Varnum

Black and white ohoto of Sara VarnumSara Varnum worked at Chemeketa from 1970-1993. She understood the importance of part-time instructors to the success of community colleges. During her time at Chemeketa, she hired and worked with hundreds of part-time faculty members, who touched the lives of thousands of students. In 1989, Sara and her staff initiated the “Institute for Instructional Excellence.” It was a full day of training designed to meet the unique educational needs of part-time faculty members throughout the state. The goal was to inspire and energize participants by providing professional development opportunities to learn, share and network – a goal that continues to this day.

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