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2021 Bennion Teachers' Workshop - Hidden in the Shadows of Democracy:
Engaging & Teaching the Strength of Race & Difference

Date: Monday, June 21 - Friday, June 25, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM daily
Place: Dynamic Online Classroom orginating from Utah State University

Almost one year ago in the midst of a global pandemic, we watched the death of George Floyd. Americans responded, protesting the realities of racial injustice in cities across the country. For many individuals, this may have been the first time they recognized the depth and breadth of discrimination in the United States, in their communities, and in their classrooms. From book clubs to corporate campaigns, the country has been inspired to engage in deep thought and discussion of their role in the creation, development, and advancement of racial discrimination. 

At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed deeper racial inequalities with its disparate impact on the health and education of marginalized communities. Now the challenge comes to transform hard conversations about racism and difference into meaningful action. For educators and administrators, two critical questions emerge:

  • 1. How do such inequalities persist in a country built on principles of democracy?
  • 2. More importantly, what can educators do to dismantle this damage?

Led by Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola (Assistant Professor, Sociology), the 2021 Bennion Teacher’s Workshop will offer a dynamic hybrid online learning space for participants to engage in brave conversations in a nonjudgmental space and walk away with practical, powerful tools.   Information and Registration Options »


Bennion Teachers' Workshop Testimonials -

"As a teacher from a rural area, I really appreciate that Bennion is a world-class opportunity that provides scholarly interaction with top-notch students and excellent professors from multiple universities and institutions across the country."
"I love the intense one-week format of Bennion."

"Scholarly engagement with world class professors provides a rich experience."
"Critical for expanding my ability to grow as an educator."

"The only weakness was that the magic had to end, but we will take the magic with us."

What is the Bennion Teachers Workshop?

The Bennion Teachers' Workshop for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles is a program made possible by an endowment to Utah State University's Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. The endowment was created by Ione Bennion, a teacher and community activist, to "provide an atmosphere and the educational resources to explore the concepts upon which democracy is built, the conditions under which it flourishes, and the dangers to its existence." Taught by Utah State University faculty and guest speakers who represent the latest scholarship in the topics presented, the workshops focus on giving inservice and pre-inservice teachers practical tools that they can use in the classroom.

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