2022 Plater Institute on the Future of Learning

Interculturality and Inclusivity: Pedagogies that Dig Deep

The 2022 Plater Institute on the Future of Learning was held virtually on Thursday, April 21, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In 2020-2021, schools/units across IUPUI built on the campus’s unyielding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by developing diversity strategic plans  which they are currently implementing. The diversity strategic plans are based on Dr. Daryl G. Smith's Diversity Framework. The IUPUI Forum Council is also dedicating the entire 2021-2022 year to building more equitable and inclusive learning environments at IUPUI. This year's theme is intended to support this work and to promote an inclusive, global, and equitable campus.

Interculturality refers to the existence and equitable interaction of diverse cultures and the possibility of generating shared cultural expressions through dialogue and mutual respect” (UNESCO).    

Inclusion refers to the extent to which individuals feel valued, welcomed, respected, and supported to participate fully in a given setting (IUPUI Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Diversity Planning Resource Guide).   

Pedagogies that Dig Deep help learners and educators recognize how their own biases and positions define their approaches to learning and how they see the world. Pedagogies that Dig Deep recognize that teaching and learning is about power and critical self-reflection, and even discomfort, as much as it is about skills and content.  

The institute is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of International Affairs.  

The purpose of the institute is to:  

  1. Raise awareness interculturality and inclusion in pedagogies and policies in the university community, as well as add a lens of criticality to these issues.   
  2. Provide innovative strategies and resources on how to create, implement, and assess interculturality and inclusion in the classroom.   
  3. Showcase examples of campus projects and programs and examples of instructor work that address critical interculturality and inclusion in the classroom. 

Keynote Address

Dr. Kathryn Sorrells will deliver the keynote address on Engaging Pedagogies and Practices for Human Dignity, Inclusion, and Justice: An Intercultural Praxis Approach.

Kathryn Sorrells is a professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She combines critical/cultural studies and postcolonial perspectives to explore issues of culture, race, gender, class, and sexuality.

Learn more about the keynote and Dr. Sorrells' work

About the Plater Institute

The William M. Plater Institute on the Future of Learning was launched in 2006 to recognize the leadership of William Plater, who served from 1987-2006 as IUPUI’s Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The purpose of the institute is to provide an opportunity for the campus community and beyond to build upon his commitment to excellence in teaching and learning by collectively exploring significant issues in higher education that will influence the future of learning.