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In order to maintain a commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, educators must consider the processes that both encourage and impede educational success for all learners. In this online session, you will gain greater understanding of the factors necessary for sustaining equitable learning practices, especially during and after times of crisis. This online session combines an interactive talk with Professor Vivian D. Carlo Ed.D., and a facilitated collaborative activity. As educators, learners and their communities grapple with a changed landscape due to COVID-19, bringing equity and respect to our work and our relationships is more essential than ever. 


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Anyone who wants to consider why marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by crises and improve their own communication and actions to create more equitable programs, instruction and advising practices

The cultural, economic and personal impacts of COVID-19 are affecting our learners and their families in distinct and varying ways. For example, people of color and immigrant communities are experiencing heightened violence, job loss, and higher rates of infection, partially because of their risk of exposure in frontline work. The goal of this session reflects some key components of cultural proficiency: i.e., to explore self-awareness and valuing others, to respond appropriately and effectively as issues arise in diverse environments, and to consider necessary skills for interacting with others in a way that fosters equity and inclusion.

The content of this session will encourage you to reflect on your own cultural background in relation to others, engage with peers in applying current knowledge to the evolving needs of our learner communities, and identify strategies for putting equity front and center in our work. Together, we will consider the relationship of culture to the self and others, as well as the importance of developing an internal lens for examining our work and our interactions with learners, colleagues and community. The facilitated collaborative activity will allow you to identify strategies to take with you into your work.

Note: Watch for a confirmation email from with information on how to access the webinar.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Reflect on the relationship between your own culture and others’ cultures
  • Consider how global events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic affect vulnerable and marginalized communities
  • Identify personal strategies for keeping equity and respect front and center in our changing teaching and advising practices
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
05/13/2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
PD Center: 

Cultural Competence

SABES Program Support PD Center - Cultural Competence
Topic Area: 
Cultural Competence
ESOL/English Language Learner
Professional Standards
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