In its quest to extend the important work related to the KSUnite effort, the College of Education has reinstated its popular diversity-related brown bag series but with the added benefit of opening it up to the broader campus community.
When first conceived, the diversity brown bag began as a professional development learning opportunity for college faculty. However, college administrators realized the series could have a much greater impact if more people had access to it, and KSUnite provided the impetus to re-create the series.
The first brown bag was held Jan. 30 the topic was facilitating safe discussions. David L. Griffin, assistant dean and associate professor of curriculum and instruction, addressed the K-State Principles of Community before Robert Hachiya, assistant professor of educational leadership, and Be Stoney, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, discussed how to lead such dialogues in class.
Finally, panel members shared examples of courageous conversations in their own classrooms: Brad Burenheide, associate professor of curriculum and instruction; Judy Hughey, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs; Mickey Losinski, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs; Tonnie Martinez, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; and Jeff Zacharakis, professor of educational leadership.