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Foster a Culture of Belonging, Campus-wide
A sense of belonging is one of the most pivotal predictors of student and employee retention and success. Yet meeting the diverse needs of your campus community is no simple feat -- it takes a village deeply engaged and committed to making equity and inclusion everyone’s responsibility.

Join the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) for an engaging discussion about strategies for implementing whole-campus equity and inclusion reform. Intended for administrative leaders, faculty and staff, this webinar will provide an exclusive look at ACUE's new microcredential, Fostering a Culture of Belonging, which equips any campus professional with actionable practices to ensure students and colleagues feel seen, heard and valued. Learn about equity and inclusion strategies featured in ACUE’s new offering designed to:

• Confront opportunity gaps
• Build rapport and trust through shared language and practice
• Enhance daily interactions between students, faculty and staff

Can't attend the webinar? You should still register -- all registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation slides.

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Dec 1, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Penny MacCormack, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer @Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
Dr. Penny MacCormack is ACUE’s first Chief Academic Officer joining in early 2015 as the organization was just getting off the ground. In this role, she led the creation of ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework -- a research-based and independently validated statement of the teaching skills and knowledge that every college educator should possess. She also led the development of the ACUE course learning design, informed by higher education instructors and the learning sciences, and shown to inspire the use of evidence-based teaching practices ultimately resulting in improved student outcomes. MacCormack brings over 25 years of education experience to this work, as a teacher, professor and district and state educational leader.
Adannaa Alexander
Clinical Assistant Professor @Sam Houston State University
Adannaa Alexander teaches undergraduate students the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become future public health professionals. Adannaa seeks to incorporate innovative ways of connecting students with real-life experiences as well as exposing them to diverse people in the public health field. She currently serves as the co-chair for the College of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee, which educates, supports and guides students, staff and faculty on how to put DEI principles into practice.
Evelyn R. Espinoza
Director, Student Success and Advising, College of Arts and Letters @California State University, Los Angeles
Evelyn R. Espinoza has spent most of her career in higher education, collaborating with diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and community partners, to provide exceptional educational experiences to students at various stages of their academic careers. In her current role, she leverages institutional data to close equity gaps for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in Arts and Humanities programs. Social Learning Theory and the Appreciative Advising Model are at the core of her leadership practices; she draws from them to create welcoming, inclusive and supportive spaces to foster self-efficacy and a sense of belonging. She has presented best practices for management and advising techniques at several National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conferences at the international, national and regional levels.
Dr. Marlo Goldstein Hode
Senior Manager of Strategic Diversity Initiatives @University of Missouri St. Louis' Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Staff Ombuds
Dr. Marlo Goldstein Hode currently serves as the Senior Manager of Strategic Diversity Initiatives for the University of Missouri St. Louis’ Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Staff Ombuds. In addition to DEI professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, she leads UMSL’s Equity Advisor initiative to support the recruitment and retention of faculty from diverse backgrounds.  She holds a courtesy faculty position in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri - Columbia.  She is the co-author of DEI 2.0 – A Toolkit for Building Your Own Online Diversity Course. As a scholar, she has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on various topics including sexual harassment, neurodiversity, racial issues on campus and the effectiveness of online professional development courses. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.
Ali Shah
Director of Emergency Management @San Jacinto College
Ali is the Director of Emergency Management at San Jacinto College and faculty in the Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Department of Unity College in Maine. Ali brings over 20 years of public safety experience from various federal, state and municipal agencies. Ali earned his Master’s from Kent State University in Health Policy and Management and a bachelor’s from the University of Houston in Philosophy (ethics). He holds various certifications in emergency management, fire protection, emergency medicine, hazardous materials response, technical rescue and disaster response. Ali’s research interests include public health preparedness, specifically in disease prevention and mitigation, and understanding how first responders can help streamline processes within that framework. Ali also works on several initiatives to bring knowledge of DEI issues in emergency management to bring about an inclusive whole-community approach to crisis management and recovery.