Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Regan Gurung, professor at University of Wisconsin, Green bay

Conferences, Events and Workshops

Invited Speaker: Cyndi Kernahan

Thursday, April 5 in the Cascade Room, Atwood Memorial Center.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Challenges Students Face: Discrimination and Stereotype Threat

This talk will overview some of the common ways in which students face discrimination on campus, including broad differences in outcomes (GPA, Retention and Graduation Rates) and more personal experiences in the classroom and on campus. Finally, I will overview the theory of Stereotype Threat and describe how common stereotypes of social groups can lead to both short-term and longer-term consequences for achievement and retention. The focus will cut across a variety of social groups (race, social class, ability, gender, etc.)

1-3 p.m. | Psychological Interventions for Student Success

This workshop will focus specifically on low-cost, relatively easy, evidence-based ways to improve student outcomes. Specifically, I will provide descriptions and evidence for social belonging interventions, affirmation interventions, active pedagogies, and instructor feedback. There should be lots of time for questions and the opportunity to think through and try to customize these ideas for your own courses or programs. Both the talk and the workshop should be relevant to instructors, staff, and administrators from across campus.

In preparation for Dr. Kernahan’s session, CETL has copies of Dr. Claude Steele’s book: Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.

Please RSVP to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, via email ( or phone (320-308-5282), to receive a complimentary copy of the book. By obtaining the book, you agree to read the book, attend, and participate in the discussion.


Session Materials:

New York Times opinion piece "Are College Lectures Unfair?"

Resource list (.docx)

Overview of the UWRF survey (.docx)

Sample Value Affirmation (PDF)

Understanding Challenges Talk (.ppt)

Psychological Interventions Workshop (.ppt)