Students, staff and faculty attended the first Carolina Conversations meeting of the school year on Monday night to discuss inclusion in the classroom.
Chancellor Carol Folt said she organized the Carolina Conversations forum on inclusion to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to voice their opinions, ask questions and brainstorm methods for improvement. Biology professor Kelly Hogan and psychology professor Viji Sathy facilitated the conversation by organizing small group discussions and allowing students to use note cards for offering suggestions and feedback.
Folt began the meeting by reminding the attendees of the goal of Carolina Conversations.
“When we started this idea about Carolina Conversations, it was really launched by the idea that there were important issues taking place in the world and in our communities and we didn’t have a place where people could get together and talk about them,” she said. “And so in a way we thought of this as our experimental forum.”
She said the forum setting allowed students, staff and faculty to further the conversations about how to make the University a welcoming place that values inclusion and diversity.
“This is another place we can use, another place we can come together and have conversations,” she said. “We can try to find out what people want to learn about, what they want to talk about. So we’re starting today on the topic of inclusive classrooms.”
Hogan and Sathy facilitated the forum.