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Moss Speaks at Conference

MossZahra.jpgDakota College at Bottineau is pleased to share that Dr. Zahra M. Moss was accepted to present at the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Conference held at UND this week. In addition to her Social Science instructor role, Moss advises students in diversity at Dakota College.

This in-person conference brings students, faculty, staff, community members, and social activists together to discuss issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and beyond. At its core, this conference serves as an interdisciplinary forum to introduce and explore best practices, policies, theories, and research associated with equity, inclusion, and social justice. “I’m very excited to attend this conference and learn about initiatives that other institutions are putting forth to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on their campuses”. Dr. Zahra M. Moss. Additionally, this conference will explore barriers to the effective implementation of equity and inclusion practices as well as solutions to address these barriers.

Dr. Moss’ presentation “Working towards promoting anti-bias education curriculums: responsibility and accountability in Higher Education,” seeks to explore the responsibilities of instructors to foster teaching initiatives that encourage themes of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Anti-bias education curriculums are commonplace in early childhood education and tend to fall by the wayside in higher education. This may be because students are expected to have a general understanding of the social behaviors and unwritten expectations set out as a society. In reality, we should constantly strive to promote new ways that encourage students to be aware of the social, economic, and political challenges faced. Doing so through existing academic disciplines allows students to be more socially conscious and aware of the needs within their communities. Moss extends her appreciation, “This is a great opportunity to showcase how DCB intends to make diversity, equity, and inclusion cornerstones of our educational model”.