Northwestern will host diversity workshops for faculty and graduate students


Courtesy of University of Michigan CRLT Players

The CRLT Players will lead a diversity workshop this Monday in the Louis Room of Norris University Center.

Austin Benavides, Assistant Campus Editor

Northwestern graduate students and faculty will attend a workshop this Monday geared at improving relations between faculty and students of color, according to a University news release.

Hosted in the Louis Room in Norris University Center, the workshop will feature sketch performances by the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Players designed to illustrate hypothetical interactions between students of color and faculty.

The CRLT Players will perform “CUTS: Responding to Student Climate Concerns,” one of the 20 sketches that the group performs nationwide, the release said. The Office of the Provost and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching will co-sponsor the event. They chose this performance to discuss “campus climate concerns that have been expressed by students,” the release said.

During the workshop, a moderator will encourage the audience to participate in discussions after each sketch, where their feedback will be used to “revise” the sketch to create a better outcome, the release said.

Since 2000, the CRLT Players have performed for over 50,000 people, according to the release. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, vice provost for academics, said in the release that she is “delighted” that the CRLT Players are coming to Northwestern.

“They bring extensive expertise in how to foster welcoming classroom climates for all students,” Chase-Lansdale said in the release. “In addition, they address challenges that may occur in classrooms related to race and ethnicity, and I am sure that our graduate students and faculty will find this useful.”

The CRLT Players will host two sessions on Monday. Graduate students can attend from 10 a.m. to noon, and faculty will be able to attend from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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