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 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.