Impactful Change Management: Differentiated Engagement

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Kip Zwolenski, Inclusive Excellence Coordinator, Sagit Valley College, Gretchen Robertson, Dean of Instruction, Sagit Valley College

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In many ways, communities of higher education reflect the communities in which they are situated. Equity and racial justice initiatives must take into consideration the wide range of ideology, knowledge, and experience of educators to be successful. Practically, this means offering multiple, contextualized, differentiated opportunities of engagement that meet educators where they are. The presenters will share their journey of utilizing Bensimon's framework of First Generation Equity Practitioners to engage the whole campus community. There will be facilitated discussion on strategies to use on your own campus, as well as how ASCN can support this work.


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Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
Duration - 60 minutes
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for more information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

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Kip Zwolenski is an Early Childhood Education instructor and Inclusive Excellence Coordinator at Skagit Valley College. He has served as the faculty union present for the past three years.Kip comes to Skagit with a breadth of experiences ranging from direct service in both early childhood and youth settings to administrative roles in higher education. His expertise in program development centers on academic pathways and inclusion. Kip's undergraduate studies focused on child literacy in bilingual settings; whereas his graduate research concentration was on adult literacy and teacher preparation. Kip has developed both faculty and administrative learning groups that are providing the foundational knowledge for Skagit's equity-based Student Achievement Strategy.

Gretchen Robertson is Dean of Instruction—Libraries, eLearning, and Participatory Excellence at Skagit Valley College (SVC). She has worked at SVC for the last fourteen years to close opportunity gaps. Gretchen has responded to negative student success data by creating actionable work plans, building transition pathways for BEdA and English language acquisition students, leading a campus-wide outcome assessment redesign, and partnering with departments across campus to improve visibility and services for BEdA students. In addition, Gretchen has led and engaged faculty in campus, state, and national initiatives to create more equitable institutions and systems. She has played a key role in the development of guided pathways at SVC and has ensured that equity remains at the center of pathways work. Gretchen also created and continues to facilitate an Inclusive Pedagogy Faculty Learning Group.


Click to view or download the webinar recording (MP4 Video 254.2MB Apr14 21).