Cultivating Student Leadership in a More Inclusive Liberal Arts Classroom

Mini-Conference: Cultivating Student Leadership to Foster a More Inclusive Liberal Arts Classroom
Location: Amherst College Center for Teaching and Learning (Frost Library)
Date: April 5, 2019
Agenda: Student Leadership – April 5 Agenda

Invited Speaker: Bryan Dewsbury, University of Rhode Island
amherst CTLHost: Amherst College Center for Teaching and Learning in partnership with Being Human in STEM and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Register: Registration is closed. Contact LACOL regarding attendance.

The Amherst College Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting a Liberal Arts Collaborative for Digital Innovation (LACOL) conference exploring the following questions:

  • What kinds of leaders does our world need?
  • How do we think about leadership and power while attempting to address inequity in our educational environments?
  • Are there models of leadership that we want to cultivate in our students that are not at odds with the egalitarian ideals of liberal arts education?
  • If such leadership is possible, then what are the pedagogical and classroom management strategies that foster this kind of leadership?
  • How do we teach and encourage the development of leadership strategies that are transferable to other contexts?
  • What are the institutional structures that support faculty and departments investing in implementing these strategies?

The conference is co-hosted by LACOL and three Amherst College offices: the Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Technology Services, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The program consists of facilitated cross-institutional discussions on the theme, presentations from two Amherst College “students-as-partners” programs, a presentation from the Sensemaker team, and a workshop by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury (University of Rhode Island).  Our goals for the day include the following:

  • To provide opportunities for cross-institutional conversations to enrich our understanding and support of student development at our respective institutions.
  • To present case-studies in order to demonstrate student development models in action including the planning, implementation and assessment of these models
  • To build community across institutions invested in fostering inclusive student development
  • To provide a venue to begin developing institution-specific action plans

Main Conference: Friday April 5, 2019 at the Amherst College Center for Teaching and Learning: Cultivating Student Leadership to Foster a More Inclusive Liberal Arts Classroom

[OPTIONAL] Sensemaker Meeting (April 4th half-day), see:

Note on costs: Both events are open to faculty and staff from LACOL member schools and close affiliates. There is no registration fee; however, your home campus is expected to cover the cost of your travel and accommodations.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Amherst-Hadley

Guests should make their own reservations by telephoning Holiday Inn Express Reservations at (413) 582-0002 by March 3, 2019. In order to receive the discounted group rate, telephone requests must identify affiliation with “LACOL”. Group rate: $129 per night on April 3 and 4; $179 per night on April 5.

Getting to Amherst


If traveling by Amtrak, the Northeast Corridor 2 and the Vermonter routes stop in Springfield, MA (30 minutes from campus), and you can then take take a shuttle to campus through Valley Transporter.