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

Audience shot at panel on toxic stress January 20, 2018

Co-hosted by the American Cultures Center, the Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the Academic Innovation Studio, these timely, interactive dialogues feature dynamic faculty panelists and engage the Berkeley community in exploring how equity and justice challenges – locally, regionally and nationally – are impacting our students, instructors, classrooms, and campus. All events feature plenty of time for open, facilitated discussion. 

Check out recaps and recordings of past programs under the Stories tab and our YouTube channel.

This Fall, join us for a "semester of learning," by exploring the topics in the series and helping us identify key take-aways, new scholarly questions, and practical strategies for the classroom.

Instructors and academic staff who participate in the full series are eligible for recognition by Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education Cathy Koshland and Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion Oscar Dubon. More details will be shared at the kick-off event on September 5.