news topics


Follow Social Media...

You are Viewing - Events

Fall 2019 Teaching-Learning Academy Dialogues Begin Oct. 16

Posted on: October 7, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Teaching-Learning Academy Dialogues Begin Oct. 16 

Image of students' hands touching a row of books about teaching and learning. Text: "Use your voice in the library; Teaching-Learning Academy: What skills are necessary for us to be successful in society?"

What skills are necessary for us to be successful in society?  When is it appropriate to ask for help? What circumstances discourage us from seeking support?   

Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as they consider questions like these during fall 2019 Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) dialogue sessions.  

The TLA meets on campus for three different sessions this quarter, continuing the new dialogue format adopted last year with a different question as the focus of each session. This quarter there will also be a co-hosted TLA event offered in partnership with the Western Gallery.  

TLA participants include students, faculty, staff, and community members, and everyone is welcome. Participants consistently report that the TLA dialogue sessions provide a great way to connect with others outside of their disciplines and departments, and to learn more about Western’s teaching and learning culture. Many say it also gives them a chance to take a breath and just listen to what others, especially students, really think.  

The TLA’s primary objective is to create a community of scholars who work together to enhance teaching and learning by providing: 

  • a cross-disciplinary space for dialogue which explores how teaching and learning can be enhanced throughout the university and beyond. 

  • a forum for fostering collaboration and bridging the gaps between students, staff, faculty, and community members. 

  • a space that values diverse perspectives and works towards creating active communities.   

  • professional development resources and workshops that support both scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

The goal of each dialogue session is to share well-rounded views related to teaching and learning, while encouraging the use of listening to promote open-mindedness and mutual respect for diverse perspectives. These events also offer a great way to explore difficult topics, practice and refine productive communication strategies, and develop skills in interpersonal communication and collaboration.  

On October 16 and November 13, the TLA will meet at noon in the west wing of the Wilson side of the library on the second floor. On October 30 the Western Gallery will co-host a special TLA collaborative event exploring the question “What does it mean to support refugees?" This event will include a fishbowl dialogue on this subject featuring a panel of authors and members of the WWU community. 

For more information, please see  To sign up for the TLA listserv, please email  Students: there is also an opportunity to participate in the TLA for LIBR 340 “Speaking and Listening” practicum credit. For more information about the practicum, contact

Read more: Fall 2019 Teaching-Learning Academy Dialogues Begin Oct. 16

From Sabotage to Support

Posted on: August 26, 2019

Topic(s): Events

Joy Wiggins to speak about a New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

Image of the bookcover of "From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace," by Kami J. Anderson and Joy L. Wiggins

Author, adjunct professor, and professional consultant Joy Wiggins will speak at Western Libraries on November 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room (Wilson 4 Central) about a new vision for feminist solidarity in the workplace.

Wiggins’ latest book, co-written with Kami J. Anderson, investigates how the workplace’s patriarchal past defines its present, triggering women to work in opposition. Socialized behaviors and ideologies that influence implicit bias also keep women and people of color on the margins, setting them in competition. From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace, offers strategies not only for working women, but also for business leaders who want to understand the toll of patriarchy and explain how to create an inclusive, diverse and better working environment for everyone.

In this book, Wiggins and Anderson share research, interviews, actions, and tools, with chapters featuring candid conversations between the authors on the ways race, privilege, and power play out in their own lives, work, and friendship. During this talk, Wiggins will examine the intersections of power and privilege, looking at feminist history for milestones as well as missteps, and plotting a course for true inclusion. 

Joy L. Wiggins, PhD, teaches Elementary Education at Western, and is the founder and executive director of a consulting company that focuses on equity, inclusion, and social justice. She received her doctorate in multicultural education, with a focus on social justice in children’s literature, from Ohio State University.

This talk is part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, dedicated to featuring the scholarly and creative work of Western faculty and staff by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western. For more information about this event, please contact Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Libraries, at

Read more: From Sabotage to Support