Slesnick Symposium 2023

Annual Irwin L. Slesnick Interactive Symposium

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Event Details




Online: Zoom

WWU SMATE Learning Resource Center



Brought to you by:

Irwin L. Slesnick Institute, Science Math and Technology Education, WWU Alumni Association


Please join us for the Annual Irwin L. Slesnick Interactive Symposium. This year, we are excited to welcome our guests to Western's campus and a couple sessions are virtual for those unable to make it to campus. We hope you will join us!

Schedule of Events

8:30-9:00 a.m.
In-Person at Western

Coffee and light pastries

9:00-10:30 a.m. 
In-Person at Western

Workshop facilitated virtually by Dr. Kelly Hogan
and Dr. Viji Sathy
Authors of Inclusive Teaching

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In-Person at 
Inclusive Teaching Strategies from a Student Perspective
Student Panel

12:00-1:00 p.m.
In-Person at Western

1:00-3:30 p.m.*
In-Person at Western

Faculty Talks: Inclusive STEM Teaching
*Attend all or pick and choose sessions on day of event

Rick Barnard - Math
SL 210
Active Learning and Standards-Based Grading in a Differential Equations Course

Lina Dahlberg - Biology
SL 230
Collaboration and Community in Biology Laboratory Research Courses

Sura Alqudah - Engineering
SL 210
How Inclusive is the Engineering Curriculum?

Bob Mitchell - Biology
SL 230
Salmon Need Water: Acknowledging Indigenous Treaty Rights

Manuel Montano - Environmental Science
SL 210
Developing Classroom Community to Build a Cohort

Andrew Boudreaux and Mojdeh Vahid - Physics
SL 230
Promoting Inclusivity in Physics Labs through TA Training

Ramadha Piyadi Gamage - Math
SL 210
Extending Inclusivity Outside the Classroom

Tim Kowalcsyk - Chemistry
SL 230
Reflections on the Pedagogical and Cultural Cognitive Dissonances of Blackbody Radiation

Andrew Boudreaux, Kevin Covey and Kate Sandelin - Physics
SL 210
Preliminary Work Using the Ascend Survey in Introductory Physics Courses

Debi Hanuscin - SMATE and Elementary Education
SL 230
Cases for Inclusion: Learning from Students’ Voice

4:00-5:00 p.m.
In-Person or on Zoom

Teaching for Racial Equity and Racial Justice Under the Permanence of Racism
Keynote Talk by Dr. Niral Shah
Director of the Race, Theory, & Design Lab at University of Washington

Check out this video to watch the Teaching for Racial Equity and Racial Justice Under the Permanence of Racism.

5:00-6:00 p.m.
In-Person at Western



Kelly Hogan has long dark brown hair, white skin, a warm smile and large brown eyes.

Dr. Kelly Hogan, Workshop Presenter

Dr. Kelly Hogan is the Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is also Director of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, and a professor in the Biology Department. Dr. Hogan co-authored Inclusive Teaching with Dr. Viji Sathy.

Viji Sathy has long black hair, brown skin, a bright smile and large brown eyes.

Dr. Viji Sathy, Workshop Presenter

Viji Sathy is a Professor of the Practice in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department. She is also the Associate Dean for Evaluation and Assessment and Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research in the Office of Undergraduate Education. Dr. Sathy co-authored Inclusive Teaching with Dr. Hogan.

Niral Shah is bald-headed, has brown skin and smiles broadly.

Dr. Niral Shah, Keynote Speaker

Niral Shah is an associate professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development, and is director of the Race, Theory, & Design Lab. His research concerns how people learn racism and anti-racism. Shah’s prior work has focused on race and racism in STEM education, specifically how racial narratives about STEM ability affect students’ identities and participation in classrooms. He is also a co-developer of the EQUIP classroom observation tool, which supports teachers and educational leaders to identify and mitigate implicit bias in classrooms.


Accommodations and Other Details

Contact Lori Torres for this event. Feel free to call (360) 650-7605 or email at if you have any questions or comments.

Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form.

There will be auto-captions available on Zoom.

Limited paid parking is available in the C lots at the south end of campus and in lots 6V and 7G at the north end of campus. Western provides comprehensive parking details—including lot locations, fees, and campus map.