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AACUSS Presents: Implementing Socially Just Assessment in Student Affairs

  • 25 Jan 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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NotePresented by: Heather Doyle, Director of Assessment and Special Projects for Student Affairs, Dalhousie University

University allies of social justice are facilitating conversations around equity, diversity, and inclusion to develop impactful programs and services. Assessment is the mechanism to measure impact, identify gaps, and expose disparities. This session provides an overview of the tenants of socially just assessment with focus on how to ensure that our assessment process is culturally responsive, actively minimizes bias, and respects the dignity and differences of students.

Session Outcomes - you will learn:

      Define socially just assessment practices in academic advising

      Critically reflect on biases in assessment

      Discuss how assessment can help to foster equity and inclusion

      Deconstruct the assessment cycle by using a critical lens and considering cultural responsiveness

      Incorporate tenants of socially just practices into the assessment process

Heather holds a BA in Psychology from University of Prince Edward Island and MEd in Counselling Psychology from Memorial University. She serves as Director of Assessment and Special Projects at Dalhousie University, where she provides support on the development and implementation of assessment initiatives in the Division of Student Affairs, and oversees student engagement, leadership, and health promotion.  She is a sessional lecturer at Florida Atlantic University and University of Manitoba and has presented, published, and taught in Canada, the United States and Africa in the areas of academic advising, Appreciative Advising, social justice in advising, advising assessment and student success.

Zoom session link is sent to registrants in the confirmation email you receive after completing registration for this event.

Note: this session will be recorded and made available following the event.

Atlantic Association of College & University Student Services

C/O Adam Daniels
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, NS
B3H 3C3

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