Inviting Students to Bring Themselves to Class: Connecting Learning and Lived Experiences

March 21, 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Open to: All faculty, graduate students, and academic support staff


In higher education, we want learning to be relevant to students’ lives, but how often do we explicitly incorporate students’ lives--who they are, what they know, where they come from--into our teaching and research? How do we take an asset-based approach, drawing upon the diversity of Berkeley's student population as well as our own subject matter expertise, to create a richer learning experience for everyone? What does this look like across different disciplines and what's at stake?

Come hear a distinguished panel of Berkeley faculty share strategies and insights, then join in the discussion. 


  • Kim Voss (Sociology)
  • Tamara Roberts (Music)
  • Tina Sacks (Social Welfare)

Moderator: Vice Provost for Academic and Space Planning Tsu-jae Liu (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

Light refreshments will be provided. Audience members are welcome to bring their lunch. Note: Registration is not required, but it helps us know how many people to expect.


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on March 20, 2017 - 5:00pm.


American Cultures Center
Blum Center
Center for Teaching and Learning
Division of Equity and Inclusion

Series description

Co-hosted by the American Cultures Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the AIS, this dialogue series explores how our classrooms and student experiences are differentially impacted by external factors at the local, regional, and national levels.

Check out recaps and recordings of past programs on our YouTube channel.

To be scheduled topics for Spring 2019 include:

  • Beyond Both Sides: Creating Classrooms of Exploration
  • Teaching and Learning in the #metoo Era at Berkeley
  • Disability: Beyond Accommodation

Stay tuned and join the AIS mailing list for exact dates and times!