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February 26, 2018

Interactive theatre session to promote difficult dialogues about inequities in STEM undergraduate education

Submitted by Tawny Ochs

Michelle Camacho and Susan Lord, both from the University of San Diego, will lead an interactive theatre session, "Interactive Theatre to Promote Difficult Dialogues about Inequities in STEM Undergraduate Education," from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the K-State Alumni Center's Tadtman Boardroom. 

This session is open to K-State students, faculty, staff and administrators. Space is limited to 80 people; please RSVP online as soon as possible. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, March 2. 

Undergraduate STEM education continues to struggle with how to create an inclusive climate for a diverse community of students. Typical approaches to addressing this problem have not been successful, suggesting a need for innovative approaches. In this interactive session, Camacho and Lord use interactive theatre, developed at the University of Michigan, to engage faculty in difficult dialogues and sensitive topics. They will highlight key structural problems and structures of inequity and consider strategies to avoid these biases. The focus will be on the undergraduate student experience. Short skits will be presented to highlight inequities or microagressions and explore creative solutions to address them and change the culture of undergraduate education.