iLab Lunch and Learns are deep-dive educational workshops and discussions, facilitated by content experts. They are designed to provide WFU community members with the opportunity to continue their intercultural competence journey.
Fall 2021 Virtual iLab Lunch and Learns:
9/27/2021 - 12:00-1:30 pm
"Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning"
Maritza Torres, Ph.D
The culturally relevant leadership learning model is a framework for transforming leadership programs to address the advantages and disadvantages difference creates (Bertrand Jones et al., 2016). Grounded in Ladson-Billings (1995) culturally relevant pedagogy, this model takes an asset-based approach to students and their leadership learning development.
Dra. Torres is the assistant director for LEAD Scholars Academy at the University of Central Florida. She teaches, advises, and facilitates leadership learning and scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students. Dra. Torres's research centers on Latina undergraduate leader identity development, culturally relevant leadership learning, and identity-based leadership courses. She is a co-author of Thinking to Transform: Reflection in Leadership Learning (Information Age Publishing, 2019) and has contributed to Changing the Narrative: Socially Just Leadership Education (Information Age Publishing, 2019).
10/25/2021 - 12:00 -1:30 pm
"There's Levels to This": (Re)Engaging Queer and Trans* Students of Color
Steve D. Mobley, Jr., Ph.D
In this session we will grapple with how QTPOC students navigate their minoritized, sexual, gender, and racial identities within collegiate environments, and how our campuses can best engage these students.
Dr. Steve D. Mobley, Jr., is a proud native of Washington, DC and has dedicated his life to enhancing the post-secondary educational experiences of underrepresented students. He is currently an assistant professor of higher education at The University of Alabama in the department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies. His scholarship focuses on the contemporary placement of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Particularly, Dr. Mobley, Jr.’s research underscores and highlights the understudied facets of HBCU communities including issues surrounding race, social class, and student sexuality.
11/15/2021 - 12:00-1:30 pm
"Revisiting the Land Acknowledgement"
In November of 2019, Wake Forest unveiled the university's official Indigenous Land Acknowledgement plaque. Please join the Intercultural Center staff as we revisit the original intent of creating a universtiy-wide land acknowledgement, define the principles and expectations of land acknowledgement as a social and academic practice, and question what it entails to move beyond acknowledgement to meaningful engagement with indigenous people and tribal nations.
iLab is an inclusion learning lab that offers interactive workshops and online resources designed to support faculty, staff, and students in increasing their cultural awareness and interpersonal effectiveness. The initiative, facilitated by the Intercultural Center, supports the University’s mission by fostering intersectional awareness and understanding, and empowering all members of the Wake Forest community to become more inclusive.
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