Events

LTE Speaker Series: A Discussion with Dr. Pam Eddinger

event flier with photo of Dr. Pam Eddinger

 

LTE Speaker Series: A Discussion with Dr. Pam Eddinger

Friday, April 9, 9 to 11 a.m.

Virtual event, RSVP not required

If you require an accommodation to participate please email lte@uconn.edu.

Pam Eddinger is president of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the largest of 15 community colleges in Massachusetts.  Dr. Eddinger began her tenure at BHCC in 2013 and previously served as president of Moorpark College in Southern California from 2008.

Dr. Eddinger’s service in the Community College movement spans more than 25 years, with senior posts in academics and student affairs, communications and policy, and executive leadership. Dr. Eddinger serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), GBH Boston, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Boston Foundation (TBF), the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board, the Boston Private Industry Council, Achieving the Dream (ATD), the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU). Dr. Eddinger was honored in 2016 by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College and her master’s and doctorate in Japanese Literature from Columbia University.

 

LTE Speaker Series: Panel on Transformational Learning

Transformational Learning Panel Presentation

 

LTE Speaker Series: Featuring a Live Panel Discussion on Transformational Learning at UConn

Friday, February 12, 9 to 11 a.m.

Virtual event, RSVP not required

If you require an accommodation to participate please email lte@uconn.edu.

UConn’s Life-Transformative Education Task Force is pleased to announce a live panel discussion on transformational learning at UConn. Sessions for Spring 2021 will focus on issues such as creating equitable faculty advising structures, faculty-staff cooperation, and building inclusive experiential learning opportunities in the classroom.

Panelists include:

  • Oscar Guerra, Department of Digital Media and Design
  • Caroline McGuire, Enrichment Programs, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Fiona Vernal, Department of History
  • Julia Yakovich, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Steve Zinn, Department of Animal Science

LTE Speaker Series: Dr. Frank Tuitt, Realizing a Life-Transformative Education in Challenging Times

Realizing a Life-Transformative Education in Challenging Times: Implications for Making Excellence Inclusive at UConn

LTE Speaker Series: Featuring Dr. Frank Tuitt, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at UConn

Friday, November 13
9 to 10 a.m., virtual event

UConn’s Life-Transformative Education Task Force is pleased to announce the kick-off of its monthly LTE speaker series with a talk by Dr. Frank Tuitt, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at UConn. Dr. Tuitt arrived at UConn in 2020 from the University of Denver, where he was a faculty member and Chief Diversity Officer from 2015-19. Dr. Tuitt will speak on how to ensure that the values of LTE – identity, agency, and purpose – are available to all students, particularly students of color.

Sessions for Spring 2021 will focus on issues such as creating equitable faculty advising structures, faculty-staff cooperation, and building inclusive experiential learning opportunities in the classroom.

Cultivate Workshop, September 25, 2020

Cultivate flier for September 25, 2020 event

CULTIVATE - Life Transformative Education

A workshop to inspire, develop, and empower Life-Transformative Educators at UConn

Friday, September 25
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., virtual event

Email lte@uconn.edu for more information.

On September 25th, the University of Connecticut hosted more than 150 faculty and staff from all corners of our sometimes disconnected University (14 schools and colleges spread across five regional campuses) in a day-long program of ideation and conversation around issues of life-transformative education. Titled “Cultivate,” the event served to introduce LTE to key stakeholders at the University and spur them to future engagement and involvement in UConn’s LTE efforts. Facilitated by culture change professionals from The Design Gym, Cultivate included a mix of short, intensive working sessions that put participants into more than 20 small breakout groups and large plenary sessions led by UConn President Tom Katsouleas and UConn Provost Carl Lejuez. The event concluded with summary remarks by CLTE Steering Committee Chair, Rick Miller. Along the way, the assembled brain trust collected more than 2500 individual ideas for promoting life-transformative education at UConn.

Cultivate was guided by two principles. The first was “Listening Louder.” Instead of bombarding participants with external ideas, Cultivate aimed to use the event to bring together already life-transformative educators – the people already doing the necessary work – and challenge them to think about how to extend and scale their practices to the entire university community. The primary role for higher administration in the Cultivate event was to listen and learn. The second was “Empowering Ideas.” For those portions of the program that were less participatory (for example, Rick Miller’s talk), speakers were encouraged not to lecture, but to provide scaffolding ideas that could help the grassroots community realize its own vision. The goal was that this initial cohort of life-transformative educators would leave Cultivate excited at the possibilities for expanding their work at UConn and for spreading their approaches to their peers.

Cultivate was intended as the kick-off for UConn’s LTE efforts over the course of the academic year, which will include a monthly speaker series; a series of “rapid response” projects proposed by faculty and staff and designed to respond to opportunities to extend LTE at UConn as they emerge; and continued research, assessment, and outreach work by UConn’s LTE Task Force