Drake Learning Symposium

Building Trust: Leading the Conversation is the theme of the 2018 Drake University Learning Symposium.

The symposium will feature Dr. Kathy Obear, Center for Transformation and Change, who will open the symposium with her workshop, Facilitating Difficult Dialogues. She will follow up with a break-out session for faculty that focuses specifically on facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom. In the afternoon, Dr. Obear will offer a session for staff focusing on difficult dialogues in the workplace.


Dr. Obear has spent over thirty years as an Organizational Change Consultant helping organizations create inclusive, equitable environments where all people feel valued and respected.

This year's Learning Symposium will be Monday, Aug. 20, and will be held at the Olmsted Center.

The Provost’s Council is asking faculty and staff to develop and propose break-out sessions to look more closely at other facets of this year’s theme, Building Trust: Leading the Conversation. The 2018 Learning Symposium Call for Proposals explains the theme and expectations for proposals. In addition, the 2018 Learning Symposium Tentative Schedule indicates when break-out sessions will be held.

Contact Drinda Williams, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost, if you have questions.

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