Join us for “Meeting of the Minds,” an MSU Denver workshop designed to reshape how we perceive and engage with cognitive diversity. This event is for anyone interested in fostering an inclusive atmosphere in their classroom or workplace. Come learn how to create transformative day-to-day interactions or share your tips and tools for a more inclusive community one conversation at a time. By participating, attendees will learn how to apply these insights to benefit all members of the MSU Community. Also, there will be time to for deeper conversations with fellow MSU colleagues over the included lunch.

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This workshop is not just about learning: it’s about transforming day-to-day interactions and creating environments where everyone feels valued and understood. Attendees will gain a deeper appreciation for diversity of thought and learn how to apply these insights to benefit all members of the MSU Denver community.

Did we mention free lunch?


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Information and Registration

Date: Friday 16 August 2024
Time: 10:00a-2:30p (9:30a-10:00a is check-in and coffee/tea)
Location: Admin Suite 325

Tentative Agenda (subject to change)

  • 9:30-10:00: Check-in and coffee.
  • 10:00-10:45: Introduction session: Meet the organizers and factors driving Meeting of the Minds.
  • 11:00-11:45: Session 1: Disability experiences simulations and discussion.
  • 12:00-12:45: Lunch.
  • 1:00-1:45: Session 2: Using Empathy to work with communication differences.
  • 2:00-2:30: Closing.

We are still working on developing the specific session topics; register early to provide input on what topics would be meaningful and impactful for you and your department.

Have a department meeting? No problem, we still encourage faculty to attend for part of the workshop!

We are currently anticipating having some casual follow-up conversations throughout the term and/or academic year as well. The first follow-up conversation is Friday 25 October 2024, AD 325.

Shareable and printable flyers (two to a page): Meeting of the Minds PDF Flyer

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  • Employ Practical Solutions: Engage in hands-on activities that simulate real-world scenarios on challenging perceptions and education on neurodiversity. 
  • Engage in Empathy Based Learning: Hear first-hand accounts from neurodiverse, students, colleagues, and peers.
  • Promote Effective Communication: Explore various communication methods to bridge gaps and enhance mutual understanding. 
  • Create Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals committed to making a difference.

This event is a must-attend for anyone committed to making their classroom or office a more empathetic and inclusive space. We look forward to welcoming you to this crucial conversation!

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Connect with the Instructional Accessibility Group

Improve your instructional accessibility through the IAG live trainings, access checks for individual materials, or course reviews.

Email the Instructional Accessibility Group.