Fostering Resilience and Equity in the Classroom (NeMLA Session)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Nicole Lowman and James Rizzi
contact email: 

Where were you when you got an email from your institution in spring 2020 that you would have to move your courses online? How do you address trauma perpetrated against marginalized groups without further traumatizing your students?

Two years into our unprecedented new normal, this round table seeks a clearer understanding of what makes a classroom resilient in the face of unanticipated challenges. Internationally, we face inequity regarding healthcare access, racial disparity in law enforcement and economic standing, and culture wars waged against marginalized identity groups, among an unfortunately long list of other inequities.

We seek participants with a focus on novel or innovative pedagogical techniques in the humanities. Topics are not limited to whole-classroom or whole-semester disruption but may include other areas of trauma informed pedagogy as well. Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) the following:

- How do we build a classroom environment that engages with traumatic elements of our current world without traumatizing our students?
- What strategies help ease transitions to and from online instruction?
- What principles and plans can be built into course and classroom infrastructure in order to remain adaptable to whatever may come?

To be considered, please submit abstracts through NeMLA's submission portal: View Session (