Classroom as Safe Space: Refugee & Immigrant Issues

April 18, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykendall 106 Events Room Add to Calendar

The Center for Teaching Excellence in collaboration with University of Hawai`i-Immigrant and Refugee Action Coalition (UH-IRAC) offers two opportunities for learning and discussion:

Event 2: What can you do proactively to make your classroom a positive experience for your students? How can you respond when a potentially explosive situation emerges? Presentations and activities will focus on strategies to create a classroom environment conducive to a diversity of opinions.

​Presenters include:
Vernadette Gonzalez, American Studies/Honors Program
Sue Haglund, Ethnic Studies/Honors Program
Hector Valuenzela, CTAHR
Vilsoni Hereniko, Academy for Creative Media​
Moderator: Brenda Ivelisse, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, KCC

UH-IRAC is a volunteer group of faculty, staff and students active around immigration and refugee issues within the UH system and beyond. We are working with President Lassner's UH system task force to support: students' rights and resources, establishment of safe zones, and professional development and training at all campuses. We embrace the University of Hawaiʻi System motto: Maluna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Above all nations is humanity). Contact:

Event Sponsor
Center for Teaching Excellence, Mānoa Campus

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