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VBRN DEI Brown Bag Lunch

October 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Held via Zoom:
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Meeting ID: 858 2824 2959
Passcode: 997270

Event description:

The new normal: Responsive classroom practices in a post-Covid-19 world

As colleges and universities reopen for classes this fall, faculty and students must all confront the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and a return to in-person or hybrid mode while still dealing with ongoing implications brought on by the Delta variant. Students and faculty are returning to the classroom at a time when the amplification of racial social inequities and access continue to be amplified for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and others. In this session, we will discuss the current state of these issues in higher education and share what faculty have learned and observed during the first few weeks of school so far. There will be time to reflect together what is influencing how faculty manage DEI issues in the classroom. Practical trauma-informed teaching strategies will be shared.

Suggested background reading resource:

Reimagining Higher Education: The Post-Covid Classroom

Facilitated by:

Dr. Angela E. Batista is a passionate certified Coach, author, speaker, DEI strategist, facilitator and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant. She is the Founder and CEO of Batista Consulting Services, LLC and the 2020-21 NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Board Chair. She is also the lead editor of the 2018 publication, Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways, and Success.

With decades of leadership and professional experience, Angela is the former Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Champlain College. She has worked in K-12 and higher education institutions across the United States and also held senior level positions at Oregon State University, the University of Southern Indiana and Mills College. She also worked at the University of Vermont and Lynn University. Angela is a former Marriage and Family Therapist and an experienced high school teacher, counselor and administrator.

In addition to being an award winning teacher and higher education leader, Angela is recognized as an expert, both nationally and internationally, and has received multiple awards. In 2020, she was named as a NASPA Pillar of the Profession and has received several other honors and awards, including the 2017 NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community (LKC) Service Award and the 2013 NASPA LKC Administrator of the Year Award. The University of Vermont established the Angela Batista Social Justice Award, awarded to an undergraduate student every year, in 1999.

Angela earned her doctorate in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree from the University of Vermont. Her undergraduate work was completed at Brooklyn College in New York City. Additionally, Angela earned Coaching Certification from the Academy of Creative Coaching, an International Certificate in Gestalt Leadership and Organization Change, Appreciative Inquiry Certification, from the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. More information about Angela and her work can be found at Follow Angela on LinkedIn at or via Twitter @drangelabatista.


October 12, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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