Start Date

16-10-2020 11:00 AM

End Date

16-10-2020 11:50 AM

Document Type

Presentation

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This presentation will detail practices and procedures faculty and staff can take in a virtual environment to be more equitable, inclusive and diverse minded. Now more than ever, it is integral to not only advocate for our underserved student populations, but actively support and engage these students in practices that equitable and inclusive for all. Now more than ever, it is vital that institutions across the US recognize the injustices that often plaque our communities of color and underserved populations; thus, it is critical that faculty and staff make a conscious and intentional effort to do better. As the people that have the power to influence student’s thinking and behavior, we have a responsibility to ourselves and those we serve to educate them on issues right here at home. Our job should be to raise the self-awareness of ourselves and our students and help guide them to a conclusion that they must look introspectively to gain. Conversations on equity-minded virtual practices has started to occur more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One strategy for teaching with equity and inclusion in mind is to express authentic care in student’s lives. This alone is not enough according to Dr. Wood and Dr. Harris III. They suggest avoiding the “approach me first” and “ask me first” mentality. Student’s often struggle with asking for help, so it is important to find ways to engage them proactively, intrusively, and intentionally. Here at Illinois State University, our esports program is actively take steps to do better. With esports on rise across America and colleges, now is a great time to pursue esports. Existing largely online and not immune to restricts in place due to COVID-19, esports has proven its resiliency through the pandemic. Because esports is new and there are no governing bodies yet, we have a unique opportunity to ensure that esports are done right. This presentation is meant for faculty, staff, and administrators that are committed to doing better in the world of student diversity, inclusion and equity as it pertains to online environments and communities.

Speaker Information

Jack Blahnik

Esport Graduate Assistant, Campus Recreation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

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Level Up On Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

This presentation will detail practices and procedures faculty and staff can take in a virtual environment to be more equitable, inclusive and diverse minded. Now more than ever, it is integral to not only advocate for our underserved student populations, but actively support and engage these students in practices that equitable and inclusive for all. Now more than ever, it is vital that institutions across the US recognize the injustices that often plaque our communities of color and underserved populations; thus, it is critical that faculty and staff make a conscious and intentional effort to do better. As the people that have the power to influence student’s thinking and behavior, we have a responsibility to ourselves and those we serve to educate them on issues right here at home. Our job should be to raise the self-awareness of ourselves and our students and help guide them to a conclusion that they must look introspectively to gain. Conversations on equity-minded virtual practices has started to occur more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One strategy for teaching with equity and inclusion in mind is to express authentic care in student’s lives. This alone is not enough according to Dr. Wood and Dr. Harris III. They suggest avoiding the “approach me first” and “ask me first” mentality. Student’s often struggle with asking for help, so it is important to find ways to engage them proactively, intrusively, and intentionally. Here at Illinois State University, our esports program is actively take steps to do better. With esports on rise across America and colleges, now is a great time to pursue esports. Existing largely online and not immune to restricts in place due to COVID-19, esports has proven its resiliency through the pandemic. Because esports is new and there are no governing bodies yet, we have a unique opportunity to ensure that esports are done right. This presentation is meant for faculty, staff, and administrators that are committed to doing better in the world of student diversity, inclusion and equity as it pertains to online environments and communities.