PAU Teaching Conference Provides Intersectional Learning Opportunities

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Palo Alto University will host the fourth Evidence-Based Teaching Conference online May 28th. The theme this year – “Making the Interdisciplinary Intersectional” – will focus on bringing social issues and current events into our psychology and counseling classrooms.

The event, which has a different theme each year, is organized by the Center for Educational Excellence and is offered to PAU faculty, staff, students, and alumni. “The objective of the Conference is to illuminate the latest research to share with the community,” says Dr. Kristel Nazzal, Director of Educational Excellence.
This year, there are two workshops attendees can anticipate:
Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. She will present on “the critical need for promoting an identity-safe institutional climate.” Participants will explore how explicit and implicit practices of learning environments can shape marginalized students ability to succeed in that setting.
Dr. Kim Case is a Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She will offer a “Syllabus Challenge,” an interactive session introducing actions faculty can take to affirm a sense of belonging among students. 
“We aren't just talking about psychology and counseling, but about social issues and current events,” Dr. Nazzal noted. “What do we need to address in our classrooms, so students can feel understood, heard, and that they belong? We want to offer strategies so we can continue to be student centered, student focused, and inclusive.”
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