WCU’s 12th annual Multicultural Student Leadership Conference will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 under a new name: The Ruby Jones Conference on Race, Social Justice and Civil Leadership. We are excited to bring a new vision of this conference to campus by creating an educational environment where students can engage in learning that will raise awareness and promote action-oriented dialogue about racial, cultural and social issues that impact how students experience life on campus, in communities, and in society.
Ruby Jones Biography
The conference bears Ruby Jones’s name as a continuation of the legacy that she created at WCU. Ruby Jones was a West Chester University alumna and was also the first Black faculty hired at the institution. Ruby was a K-12 educator prior to becoming a professor at WCU. She was actively involved with the NAACP, the YWCA, American Association of University Women and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She has been described as an educator, humanitarian and civic leader.
The Teaching the Holocaust in the Secondary Classroom conference offers activities and strategies that will assist pre-service and beginning secondary English and History teachers with their instruction of the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will provide materials and access to resources for all conference participants. A Teaching Fellow from the Museum will facilitate the program’s interactive content. Mr. Andrew Maraniss, our keynote speaker, will begin the day with a presentation of his newest book, Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany. The conference is sponsored by: the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, the Ethnic Studies Institute, the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Education, and the Departments of English and History at West Chester University of PA. The conference organizers and sponsors gratefully acknowledge the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for its generous funding of this conference.
Faculty from West Chester University and neighboring communities are invited to participate in the 3rd Brandywine Project Workshop, an exciting opportunity to develop or modify courses to focus on issues of sustainability, surrounded by supportive and creative colleagues from our region. Named after the Brandywine Creek watershed, WCU's workshop innovates by comprehensively integrating the local and global with the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability. Novel workshop sessions include: the global context for higher education and sustainability (including the UN Sustainable Development Goals); social justice and sustainability; integrating whole campus immersive learning into the classroom; and best practices for teaching sustainability from students and faculty. Whether or not you are familiar with sustainability, this workshop is the perfect place to begin learning or to deepen your understanding by further exploring your discipline, creating interdisciplinary connections, and becoming more informed about campus and regional sustainability actions & opportunities for teaching. Participants will leave the workshop ready to infuse sustainability knowledge and practices into their own courses and to inspire their students and colleagues to grow a culture of sustainability at their universities and beyond.
West Chester University's Fourth Annual Scholarship of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (SoTLA) conference, hosted by the Academic Affairs Division, is focused on enhancing faculty members' scholarship related to assessment, classroom engagement, and online technology within the higher education community. Organized by the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center and the Office of Distance Education, the conference promotes the dissemination of research into our craft of teaching in higher education, demonstrating ways in which our scholarship and instruction can inform one another and center on the needs and goals of our students.
Keynote Speaker: Coming soon!