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This year’s  2021 Bennion Teachers’ Workshop entitled “Hidden in the Shadows of Democracy: Engaging & Teaching the Strength of Race & Difference.” Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Utah State University, will direct the workshop and will be joined by specialists to explore the ways to transform hard conversations about racism and difference into meaningful action.

This will not be just another “diversity” workshop. The goal of this workshop is to deliver practical material for teachers and administrators alike to incorporate in their classrooms and institutions.

By the end of the workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Identify misinformation and misunderstandings they may have unconsciously accumulated over the years and replace them with strength-based knowledge,
  • Develop pedagogical tools, curriculum, and materials, rooted in social justice,
  • Define an anti-racist, culturally-based approach to teaching,
  • Identify the strengths of students and communities traditionally characterized as marginalized, troubled, and problematic,
  • Develop a lesson plan or program based on a selected organization/activist. 

Event Details

Dates: Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25, 2021

Place: Dynamic Online Classroom originating from Utah State University

Credit: The workshop may be taken for either academic credit or continuing education units (see the Mountain West Center website for prices, discounts, and scholarship opportunities).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Mountain West Center at or 435-797-0299.

To register for this event, use the link below. 

2021 Bennion Teachers’ Workshop