September 19, 2019

Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse

Start Time: September 19, 2019 1:00pm
End Time: September 19, 2019 4:00pm

The Office of Partnerships and Outreach is excited to offer a free professional learning workshop: Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse. Learn how to cultivate student empathy and empower young voices through discourse and classroom debates. In this interactive workshop, participants will hear from Birmingham civil rights advocate Lisa McNair and Elizabeth Wood-Weas, director of speech and debate for Mountain Brook Schools.

This workshop includes:

  • Q&A with Ms. McNair
  • Panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the classroom with UM faculty, staff, students and other guests
  • Presentation led by Ms. Wood-Weas teaching creative ways discourse can be used in any middle or high school class
  • Adaptable lesson plans to facilitate classroom learning that builds listening and speaking skills while boosting overall student confidence

The workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Anna Irvin Dining Hall. Check-in and networking begin at 12:30 p.m.

Participating educators must register online in advance in order to receive a certificate for three hours of PL credit at the completion of the course. For more information, contact the Office of Partnerships and Outreach or 205-665-6077.

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during this event should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.