2017 Professional Development & Enrichment Conference
Jan. 9–12, 2017
From Snow White to Zootopia: A Look at Race, Institutions, and Culture
Shakti Butler, Ph.D.
More about Shakti Butler
In 2015, in an effort to avoid perpetuating negative ideologies, beliefs, and practices related to race, gender, and class in its storytelling, The Walt Disney Company invited social justice filmmaker, educator, and speaker Shakti Butler, Ph.D., to consult with the team developing the animated film Zootopia. Through this work Butler helped reshape the way Disney tells stories, and helped bring to life one of the company's most successful animated films to date.
In her presentation at Puget Sound, Butler will share a personal narrative that sheds light on the impact of the American cultural narrative on race, and informs her commitment as a mixed-race African-American woman to her work in transformative learning and change. Hers is a story that is embedded in U.S. history, culture, and identity, one that motivates her work to end inequity in the world.
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This year's conference provides a variety of workshop offerings. Workshops have been organized into three tracks: development, enrichment, and supervisory. Workshops are 90 minutes, unless noted otherwise.
Learning opportunities focused on skills necessary to fulfill the mission of the university and consistent with the normal requirements of the job
Learning opportunities that are of personal interest and go beyond the professional pursuits or normal requirements of the job
Learning opportunities that introduce, develop, and strengthen skills for supervisors and those aspiring to supervise
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
Shakti Butler, Ph.D., will open with the following keynote address and workshops to participants:
- Keynote Address: From Snow White to Zootopia: A Look at Race, Institutions, and Culture
- Introduction to Strategic Questioning: A Strategy for Social Justice
- Strategic Questioning and Playback Theater
Using tools from Butler's presentation and workshops, Michael Benitez, Ph.D., dean of diversity and inclusion, will facilitate a discussion about linking the Diversity Strategic Plan to Puget Sound's mission and goals.
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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
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