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Drake Learning Symposium


We Make Drake

The 2023 Learning Symposium We Make Drake was held on August 17th 2023. Over 170 participants dove into cultivating the skill sets behind effective communication, conflict management, empathy, resilience, and personal power


Whitney Warne, Evoke EQ - the Responsible Mindset


We're All in This Together

At the 2022 Drake Learning Symposium faculty and staff gathered as one, bringing with us our unique and shared experiences, while focusing on our way forward.

At the Learning Symposium, we listened, shared, and pondered. We marveled at and built our own resilience, looking forward to Drake as it’s never been, and yet as it’s always been: determined to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.  


Resilience: Shaken (up) but Not Broken (apart)

The 2020 Drake University Learning Symposium: Resilience: Shaken (up) but Not Broken (apart), co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Baum Chair of Ethics in the Professions was held Monday, August 17th, 2020. Over 175 faculty, staff, and students heard from nationally renowned speakers, participated in discussion groups, and were part of imagining how to create an even more resilient and thriving institution in the coming years.

Participants heard from

  • Nathan Grawe, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of Economics, Carleton College, and author of the book Demographics and the Future of Higher Education.  Professor Grawe discussed his predictions for demographic changes impacting higher education in 2025, as well as the way that CoVid changes those predictions. 
  • Chris Nayve, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement, Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, University of San Diego. Professor Nayve spoke directly to the ways that institutions can serve their communities by facilitating mission-driven community engagement, anchor institution initiatives, Changemaker status, and anti-racist pedagogy and institutional capacity building.
  • President Marty Martin closed with a reflection on the two speakers and where Drake will be moving next.

The work of the Baum Chair of Ethics in the Professions will build on these ideas over the coming years.

2020 Learning Symposium Recording

Faculty/Staff Development Opportunities