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2023 Conference: "Perspectives on Inclusive Pedagogy"

The 2023 installment of our annual conference will look specifically at inclusive pedagogy, which at its core is a student-centered teaching approach that seeks to foster an inclusive and engaging learning environment for all students, regardless of background, preferred learning modes or physical and cognitive abilities. As such, our presenters will offer perspectives from their own approaches to this concept, as we continue critical discussion toward broader issues of Diversity, Equity, Justice and Inclusivity in higher education.


Our 2023 conference will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


The 2023 conference will be virtual hosted via Zoom.


There is no cost for attendance, registration is required.

2023 keynote speaker: Sweeney Windchief

Sweeney Windchief.

Conference keynote sponsored by the Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Conference

"This is our class, not mine"
Community responsibility and Indigenous values in the academy.

Sweeney Windchief (Nakóna) is a member of the Fort Peck Tribes in northern Montana and serves as an associate professor at Montana State University, located in Bozeman. His research interests fall under the umbrella of Indigenous intellectualism to include Indigenous methodologies in research and Indigenous student persistence in higher education. His teaching privileges include critical race theory, Indigenous methodologies in research, and law and policy in higher education. As a Co-PI of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership, his service is toward the overall goal of the to strengthen and expand university initiatives to recruit, retain, and graduate American Indian and Alaska Native students in STEM master’s and doctoral programs. He and his wife Sara have two sons who help keep things in perspective. 

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Conference schedule

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome remarks and introductions

8:45 - 9:05 a.m.

PACOR Overview

A presentation on that status of the President’s Advisory Council on Race updates as related to teaching and learning.

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Science of Teaching and Learning Panel 

Panelists will address scholarship of teaching and learning from a variety of inclusive pedagogy perspectives.

10:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Sweeney Windchief

"This is our class, not mine"
Community responsibility and Indigenous values in the academy.

The keynote presentation will address topics including:

  • Epistemological Pluralism
  • Co-constructed Assignments
  • Contemporary and Contextual Relevance
  • Bicultural Accountability

Conference keynote sponsored by the Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Conference.

12:10 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1 - 2 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Highlight Panel

This session will provide a panel discussion highlighting the development of a department that promotes indigenous pedagogies and culturally responsive teachings, curriculums and research. This panel will be conducted by Indigenous higher education professionals from SUNY University at Buffalo Department of Indigenous Studies. The representatives are Dr. Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca), Chair of  Indigenous Studies, Dr. Montgomery Hill (Tuscarora), Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, Amanda Casali (Akwesasne Mohawk), Associate Director of Indigenous Academic Engagement/ Ed.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership & Change (SUNY Empire State) and Madison Tighe (Seneca), UB Undergraduate Student, Junior, Health and Human Services/Community Mental Health. The session will comprise of short presentations followed by an interactive panel including questions from the audience.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m.

Facilitated SUNY and UB Application/Practice Panel

The goal of this panel is to provide participants inclusive strategies to promote student success.

3:10 - 3:30 p.m.

Closing remarks