Kathy Obear

The University of New Mexico Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) hosts a workshop titled “Move Beyond Civility: How to Facilitate Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom” on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building (CTLB) room 110.

It has been a particularly difficult year as students continue to challenge faculty and administrators to hear their concerns, engage in difficult conversation and make meaningful change on campus. Presenter, Dr. Kathy Obear — president of the Alliance for Change Consulting & Coaching and Co-Founder of The Social Justice Training Institute — will share facilitation strategies, training activities and resources to help deepen faculty members' capacity to maintain classrooms that support student learning and success.

Many faculty members are experiencing a significant increase in both the frequency and the intensity of difficult dialogues in their classrooms. Their ability to engage students and facilitate meaningful dialogue in these moments not only furthers learning, but can also impact student success. Mismanaged conversations often result in unresolved issues, misunderstanding, and simmering conflict that undermine learning outcomes and campus-wide goals to create inclusive campus environments.

Obear has over 30 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and trainer specializing in creating inclusion, team and organizational effectiveness, conflict resolution, and change management. She has given speeches, facilitated training sessions, and consulted to top leaders at hundreds of universities, human service and K-12 organizations, and corporations across the United States and internationally – designed to increase the passion, competence, and commitment to create inclusive, socially just environments for all members of the organization.

This 90-minute training will teach facilitation strategies, training activities and resources to help deepen the capacity to maintain classrooms that support student learning and success.

Click here to register for the event.