Initial Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Overview and Logistics

Workshop Goals

This workshop explores the challenge of teaching to a diverse student body with the goal of helping underrepresented student populations build a "science identity". Diversity encompasses race, gender, learning styles, family background, and more. The goal of this workshop is to raise awareness among faculty and staff about issues faced by marginalized students and to offer practical approaches to help these students succeed.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Increase awareness of systemic inequities and discuss how they impact student learning
  • Reflect on individual and student identity and the impact identity has on the learning environment
  • Learn about and make plans to engage students with inclusive teaching practices

Date and times

The workshop will take place on November 10, 2017, starting at 8:00 AM and ending at 4:30 PM. Participants will meet in Bode 147 on the Waubonsee Community College campus in Sugar Grove, IL.


We ask that participants bring a laptop or tablet that connects to the internet

Each workshop participant is expected to:

  • In advance of the workshop
    • complete the registration form answering all questions. This helps us design a workshop that focuses on the needs of each participant.
    • If you have it available to you, please bring demographic data of your classes. If all you have are your personal observations, that is OK.
  • During the workshop
    • We ask that you participate in all activities from the beginning of the workshop between 8:00 am and 4 pm
  • Following the workshop - implement one or two ideas you learned at the workshop and report on it to the workshop conveners


This workshop is free to participants, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Registration is open to any instructor, adjunct or full-time, in the disciplines of Earth Science, Geology, Geography, Meteorology, Oceanography or Astronomy at a Two-Year College in Illinois. We will limit the workshop to the first 24 participants, so register early! Registration will close 2 November.

Register for the workshop on or before 2 November.

Facilities, Directions, and Parking

Waubonsee is located in North-Central Illinois, north of the town of Sugar Grove and west of Aurora. We are on Route 47, just south of I88. Personalized driving directions can be generated from

The workshop will be held in Room 147 of Bodie Hall on the South side of campus. There is free parking very close (S3 and S2 on the map). If you are interested, the Geosciences are on the second floor of the SCI (Science) Building on the North side of campus. Here is a map of the campus showing Bodie Hall WCC map (Acrobat (PDF) 330kB Sep18 17).


Hotel Name





Holiday Inn Express & Suites

111 N. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 896-2800

· Walking distance from Two Brothers Brewpub and Tavern

· Approximately 8 miles from campus.

Ask for SAGE 2YC group rate, until 9 Oct (basically the cost of 2 beers at Roundhouse!)



Holiday Inn Express

2424 Sullivan
Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 806-7400

· Approximately 5 miles from campus.


Hampton Inn

2423 Bushwood Dr.
Aurora, IL

(630) 907-2600

· Approximately 5 miles from campus.

Right off I88



Food is provided by the workshop. Please let us know if you have preferences or food allergies.