Initial Publication Date: September 9, 2016

The Importance of Diversity and Equity in Supporting the Whole Student

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Water Resources and Sustainability
Thursday, October 6
9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Thursday, September 22nd

1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Presenters: Sue Ebanks (Savannah State University), Sarah Cadieux (University of Illinois–Chicago), Diane Doser (University of Texas–El Paso)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


This webinar will showcase models that support the whole student through by increasing engagement, maintaining continuity, and improving capacity using InTeGrate principles. Diane Doser, University of Texas–El Paso Implementation Program leader, will discuss their program on improving transfer capabilities between schools with course content alignment and a bridge program. Sarah Cadieux, a University of Illinois–Chicago Implementation Program team member will discuss their program on relating geoscience thinking skills to the urban environment and increasing student awareness of geoscience career options. InTeGrate implementation team leader Sue Ebanks will discuss Savannah State University Implementation program's approach to building student communities through socially relevant InTeGrate materials that focus on coastal hazard and risk, and service learning projects. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences with addressing diversity and equity for all students.


After this webinar, participants will have:

  • strategies to implement InTeGrate materials and principles into different classroom environments to address their student population
  • strategies to support success of diverse students in and out of the classroom
  • models to build students' sense of belonging in a community


Time - 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration is closed

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Sue Ebanks, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Savannah State University

Sarah Cadieux, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois–Chicago

Diane Doser, Geological Sciences, University of Texas–El Paso


Full slideshow: ITG webinar Diversity Equity Whole Student Fall 2016 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 34MB Sep22 16)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Supporting the Whole Student and the model of engagement, continuity, and capacity – Rory McFadden, SERC staff

3) The importance of connections between regional schools to maintain continuity – Diane Doser, University of Texas – El Paso

  • University of Texas – El Paso Implementation Program
  • Bridge Program

4) The role of peer mentoring, career pathways, and using material relevant to your students to improve engagement - Sarah Cadieux, University of Illinois – Chicago

  • University of Illinois - Chicago Implementation Program
  • InTeGrate materials relevant to urban settings and large classes

5) The importance of societal relevance and service learning in building student communities – Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University

  • Savannah State University Implementation Program
  • Addressing a range of perspectives on coastal hazards and risk

6) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: How can ideas from this webinar and InTeGrate materials help break down walls between students and build community for the full diversity of your students?

After reflecting for a moment, please use the chat to share something about where you are in your teaching, how you would move forward, and why this is a strong move. You can also enter questions for discussion into the chat at this time.

7) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about the importance of diversity and equity in supporting the whole student, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

8) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

9) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 594.7MB Sep22 16).