Embracing vulnerability and
authenticity to unlock new possibilities
All too often students feel like ‘guests’ in higher education—an experience that is especially common among visible minorities and first generation college students. So if educators don’t always bring their authentic selves to the classroom, how do we expect students to do the same? For Dr. Christopher Emdin, letting students see our own struggles and vulnerabilities is the first step in creating environments where students are willing to pursue academic knowledge, as well as knowledge of themselves and our world.
Humorous, engaging and endlessly inspiring, Dr. Emdin shares how educators can infuse their teaching with a deeper understanding of the barriers to meaningful learning to awaken the curiosity, courage and creativity necessary for success in higher ed and beyond.
“Absolutely mindblowing. Really appreciate the talk.”
“This is exactly what I needed to hear! The longer I teach the more authentic I am in front of my students. It feels so good to have those ideas and goals validated.”
“I love your spirit and approach. Thirty-nine years as a teacher and still learning.”