Educational opportunity and economic success are intertwined and a college degree enables students to accomplish their career goals and aspirations. Yet, as a society, we must confront the fact that a high-quality education was long unjustly denied to Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, low-income students, and first-generation students. The shift to remote learning unmasked challenges for colleges and universities in delivering quality, equity-focused education. Higher education must do better for these students moving forward, and we believe that it starts with digital learning. Join our panel of higher education professionals for a provocative conversation about equitable teaching practices and digital learning that foster student-centered learning and cultivate a culture of inclusion.
This webinar is hosted in partnership with Every Learner Everywhere.
Register today for “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Digital Learning” on December 9 at 10:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM MST / Noon CST / 1:00 PM EST. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.
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Live captioning is provided by our sponsor, VITAC.
The webcast will be recorded and available on the webpage shortly after the live session.
Tazin Daniels, Assistant Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Tazin Daniels is an educational developer, consultant, and coach with over 15 years of experience in higher education and over a decade of experience preparing instructors to teach online. Her background in Medical Anthropology gives her a unique perspective on how to create equitable and engaging online spaces in the midst of a global pandemic. She has helped graduate students, faculty, and administrators improve their curriculum across STEM, Health Sciences, Social Science, and the Humanities. Currently, she is an assistant director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, and runs ThePedagologist.com, a platform to connect with educators and educational developers committed to improving online education everywhere.
Blaine Smith, Associate Professor of New Literacies and Bi/Multilingual Immigrant Learners, The University of Arizona
Blaine Smith's teaching and research focuses on the digital literacies of culturally and linguistically diverse youth across contexts. A main goal of her work is to understand the ways in which technology can foster literacy and content learning as well as an empowering means of expression for students. Her work also focuses on developing scaffolded instructional strategies for supporting teachers' integration of technology in the classroom.
Jessica Rowland Williams, Director, Every Learner Everywhere
Dr. Jessica Rowland Williams joined Every Learner Everywhere in October 2019. Prior to this role, she served as the Completion Grant Initiative project director for University Innovation Alliance. She also worked as program director in Georgia State University’s Office of the Senior Vice President of Student Success. Prior to those roles, Williams was a diversity fellow at Princeton University’s Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity, as well as program coordinator for the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE). She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Spelman College. Through her personal and educational experiences, Jessica developed a passion for improving student outcomes among underserved, minority, and low income students. Jessica has devoted her career to expanding access, increasing graduation rates and promoting student success among students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Jessica lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and is a proud mother of 4 children.