Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns

Wednesday, September 26 2018 @ 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Academy of Teaching Scholars Competency: Instructional Strategies

Eskenazi Hospital ,Rapp Family Conference Center Faegre Baker Daniel Room

Presenter(s): CRLT Players
Audience: Faculty and Staff


Though the IU School of Medicine aspires to cultivate a climate that is welcoming to and inclusive of the members of its diverse faculty, learners, and staff bodies, we know the lived experiences of some in our community do not always align with these aspirations. Join the CRLT Players for Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns, which invites participants to think together about the many forces that can shape campus climate both positively and negatively. Focused on an African-American student who, at the end of an office hour meeting, tells their faculty member about a set of racially problematic comments that were made by students (and ignored by a professor) in another class, this sketch raises issues of how to work with learners around climate issues that might occur in the learning environment. Facilitated dialogue encourages participants to think about their personal responsibilities to responding to these situations in the learning environment.

In this session, participants will explore issues of bias and discrimination in the learning environment. Using activities and facilitated discussion, participants will:
• Recognize the impacts of an ‘isolated’ bias incident on a targeted learners
• Assess the ways they listen to others’ stories about negative experiences of climate
• Share strategies for responding to concerns shared with them in ways that might mitigate rather than exacerbate existing climate concerns

About the Players:

The CRLT Theatre Program (a.k.a. the CRLT Players) uses a variety of performance modes and facilitation strategies to support CRLT’s mission: ‘to develop and sustain a University culture that… creates learning environments in which diverse students and instructors can excel.’ Using theatrical representations of a range of issues common in academic life, the performances spark dialogue among faculty, graduate students, and academic administrators, with particular emphasis on issues affecting institutional climate. In keeping with CRLT’s mission, our goal with every performance is to promote a University culture where diverse instructors can excel in their professional lives, within the classroom, and well beyond it.


This event is sponsored by the Professional Development . If you have questions about this event please contact the office at (317) 278-3089 or by email at

This event fulfills the Instructional Strategies competency for the Academy of Teaching Scholars.