Bridging Cultural Divides Through Integrative Learning – October 18-20, 2017

Call for workshop proposals – We are seeking proposals for workshops that address the theme of Bridging Cultural Divides through Integrative Learning.

How do practitioners of learning communities consciously address and actively seek to help bridge political, economic, racial, ethnic, gender, religious and other “divides”? What successes and challenges do we face when encountering such divides in our learning communities? How do faculty, staff and administrators model community that is committed to bridging such divides? How do students in our learning communities become empowered to begin their own collective work on bridging divides? How do we work together to empower each other to begin and/or continue the work of addressing these divides?

We especially welcome proposals on the following topics:

  • Integration of disciplines and assignments
  • Support of underserved student populations
  • Activism and/or community outreach embedded in learning communities
  • Integration of the arts and sciences
  • Student leadership and peer mentoring in learning communities
  • Unconventional collaborations and innovations
  • Assessment in and of learning communities

ACLC Retreat workshops are designed to be interactive, with the goal of providing participants with practical applications based on solid learning community research and principles. Workshops are offered in blocks of 75 or 120 minutes. Facilitators focus on sharing best practices and research from the field while engaging participants in active discussion and/or hands-on training. Participants should leave each workshop with a better understanding of a particular practice and with tools to take to their home institutions. Facilitators do not read papers or lecture to participants. Preference will be given to proposals submitted by representatives from more than one institution. Student participation in workshops is welcomed and encouraged as another level of community and collaboration. Proposals featuring student work/artifacts will be given special consideration.

Submit your complete workshop proposal here:

The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, June 2, 2017.

Registration for the retreat will begin in late spring. For your planning purposes, the 2016 fees were:

  • Resident registration fee: $290 (includes lodging and six meals)
  • Commuter registration fee: $215 (includes six meals)
  • Student registration fee: $80 (includes lodging and six meals)

Location: Holy Family Retreat & Conference Center, West Hartford, CT.

Those wishing to stay nearby in a hotel with more amenities may want to look into the Homewood Suites by Hilton at 2 Farm Glen Boulevard, Farmington, Connecticut, 06032.