Dialogue for Difficult Subjects

December 2, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Classrooms, whether physical or virtual, are not impervious to the effects of larger societal forces such as racism, sexism, ableism, or other forms of violence. These topics may arise during class, even if they are not the focus of the lesson. Many instructors have felt unprepared to respond meaningfully to questions or comments about the impact and integral role of systemic conditions in students’ educational experiences. In this workshop, we will address how to deal with difficult subjects that may arise spontaneously during class. If you are unfamiliar with DEI concepts or would simply like a quick refresher, we recommend participating in or watching the recording of the “Fundamentals of Teaching Inclusively” workshop, as we will build upon foundational knowledge offered there. Participants are invited to bring a sample syllabus, lesson plan, or assignment description.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the value of student voices as part of your teaching
  • Identify current and future strategies to welcome student voices as part of instructional activities (readings, lecturing, assignments)
  • Recognize yourself in your role of a dialogue facilitator



Dial-In Information


Please register to attend. You will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link.

Please contact workshops@pitt.edu with any questions.

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Location and Address

This is a virtual event hosted by the University Center for Teaching and Learning.