Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series: Smart Enough? Intellectual Biases in Higher Education (and Life)

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Phyllis Brodsky, M.Ed.

Smart Enough? Intellectual Biases in Higher Education (and Life)

Implicit biases that are responsive to societal constructs of "intelligence" are pervasive and mostly ignored. Even within discussions, programs, and policies which address inclusivity and diversity, intellectual disabilities and societal biases about intelligence are rarely mentioned, rarely explored and rarely addressed. During this session, attendees will be asked to explore their personal experiences within the construct of "intelligence" and the impact it has within educational systems as well as life in general.

Speaker Bio: As an Assistant Professor of Practice with the Office of Instruction and Assessment, Phyllis Brodsky, M.Ed., supports faculty and future faculty in the successful integration of pedagogy with technology on behalf of student learning. With a B.S. in Rehabilitation and an M.Ed. in Special Education, Phyllis began teaching children with severe and multiple disabilities in 1985. She was an adjunct instructor in the College of Education for 15 years in the area of severe and multiple disabilities, developed and implemented K12 teacher training and certification programs in Southern Arizona, and was instrumental in the development of the UA program, Project FOCUS, designed to support students with intellectual disabilities in higher education. Other professional contributions in higher education have included the design and delivery of workshops on mobile technology, emerging technology, assistive technology, Web 2.0 tools and social media. Always with a passion for the ways that technology can enhance lives, Phyllis developed iOS apps designed to support greater levels of independence and communication for children and adults with varying intellectual disabilities.

Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Spring 2021:

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council


Feb. 25, 2021 Noon to 1 p.m.

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