To Transform Learning, Educators Must First Liberate Their Own Minds

Portrait of Chris Emdin

Best-selling author and social justice champion Dr. Christopher Emdin highlights the tangible ways we can spark moments of discovery and insight in all students by bringing our authentic selves to the classroom.

Duration: 50 minutes

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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.”

– Faculty attendee

“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.”

– Faculty attendee

“I love your spirit and approach. Thirty-nine years as a teacher and still learning.”

– Faculty attendee

About the speaker

A tenured professor at the University of Southern California, Dr. Emdin is among the most influential African Americans in the fields of business, education, and social justice. He’s also the author of the New York Times best seller For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too. Dr. Emdin explores the themes of courage and curiosity in the classroom and discusses the importance of vulnerability in setting the stage for all students to thrive.

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