Lessons for Every Body: Infusing Race and Ethnicity into our Work

A Message From Julian Portilla:multi

On behalf of the multicultural committee, I wanted to remind you about the conversation happening on September 25th about perspectives on fostering our students’ appreciation  on the impact of group identity on their lives and in society in general.  It’s going to be a great conversation and represents some great collaboration between Champlain College, UVM and Middlebury.  This talk is local and organic and if you come, I guarantee you’ll be engaged or your money back!  You can come and still have class… check out the offer from the ODI below (and check with Ame for details)!

See you there.  Please check the details below.


Lessons for Every Body: Infusing Race and Ethnicity into our Work

A workshop facilitated by Susan Burch and Tara Affolter of Middlebury college


September 25th, 2013. 1-5pm. Hauke Conference Room

Who’s inviting?

The event is sponsored by the faculty multicultural committee and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Center for Cultural Pluralism at the University of Vermont


Join Champlain Colleagues and faculty Colleagues from the University of Vermont and St Michael’s college as we explore how faculty in disparate disciplines can infuse diversity concepts, particularly related to race and ethnicity into their work, regardless of discipline. This work is even more important because our students are convinced that they live in a world where group identities no longer matter and do not understand the impact of systems and institutions.

The ODI is willing to arrange for diversity discussions for faculty who would like to attend the workshop without canceling class.

Dessert bar will be provided


Tara Affolter is an Assistant Professor in Education Studies at Middlebury College. She completed her dissertation, “Through the Fog: The Lives of Anti-Racist Teachers,” in the department of Education Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2006 where her advisors included Stacey Lee, Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Mary Louise Gomez. Prior to coming to Middlebury she taught part time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Educational Policy Studies department.  Dr. Affolter has over 15 years experience teaching high school English and theatre while working for social justice within the public schools.

Additionally, Dr. Affolter has research and teaching experience in antiracist teaching, social justice education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and Critical Race Theory. Her current research looks at experiences of students of color at predominantly white liberal arts colleges in order to find more effective ways to build, support, and sustain diverse communities of learners.  She is also developing programming to support teachers in rural settings to effectively develop critical multicultural curricula and pedagogy

Susan Burch is an associate professor of American Studies. Before joining the Middlebury faculty in 2009, she taught at Gallaudet University, King’s College (University of Aberdeen, Scotland), and the Ohio State University. Professor Burch also has worked as a research associate at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She was most recently the  director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Middlebury College and is the author of “Unspeakable: The Life Story of Junius Wilson”

Professor Burch earned her BA degree in history and Soviet Studies from Colorado College and her MA and PhD in American and Soviet history from Georgetown University.

Research and teaching subjects “at the margins” draws Burch’s attention, and particularly the historical impact of race, ethnicity, disability, gender, and material culture on lived experiences in America, Russia, and beyond.

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