The way we see the world is defined by the lenses we use to understand people, problems, and solutions. They are shaped by our formal education, social interactions, and society around us and we employ these lenses both consciously and unconsciously. To work towards strengthening equity through our work in education – especially in corequisite implementation, it is imperative that we are aware of the lenses we use and continuously reflective on the ways these lenses work to impede or advance our capacity to enact equity.
One dominant lens in equity work in education is that of deficit. Often employed with good intentions, it can create challenges to advancing equity. In this interactive webinar we engage with our own lenses and learn about deficit as an impediment to equity in higher education. Attendees are asked to reflect on the ways deficit shapes their own work, and consider examples of anti-deficit alternatives. This session is encouraged for faculty, staff, and administrators from different sectors of higher education.
Presenter: Desiree Zerquera, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Leadership Studies, University of San Francisco