July 2020

Faculty Development & Opportunities

July 16 at 3pm
Join us for Summertime Virtual Happy Hour BINGO with your favorite faculty and staff members. Catch up during quarantine and get ready for our guest caller to call out our favorite Summertime words and phrases.

July 22 at 12pm
Now’s the time for some Fall course planning. Join us for a discussion/workshop focused on writing good exam questions hosted by the ITI and Office of Assessment.

Passion-Driven Statistics Workshops
It is statistics in the service of your own research – in the service of your passion. It is a multidisciplinary, project-based curriculum that supports students in conducting original research, asking original questions, and communicating methods and results using the language of statistics.

This summer, Kristin Flaming (kristin.flaming@gmail.com) will be hosting weekly virtual Passion-Driven Statistics workshops. These are informal Zoom sessions that allow you to drop in (at your convenience) for support or conversation. Kristin will be live each Wednesday and ready to help with each individual’s specific needs.

Dates: Every Wednesday; now through August 5th
Times: 12:30 to 3:00 pm EDT

Why attend a Wednesday Workshop?

  • Support for adapting the model to your course
  • Software help
  • Resource development
  • Discuss a challenge in your course
  • Brainstorm new ideas
  • Learn how other partner’s use the model
  • Plan a boot camp to introduce faculty and students in your area to Passion-Driven Statistics

Use the Zoom link to join any Workshop Wednesday: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87387847868?pwd=Q0ZXT1RwSklSQlkwdmd1eWJublR6dz09

Meeting ID: 873 8784 7868
Password: 862355


And we are hoping faculty and student teams will join us!

2020 has been an unprecedented year of challenges that requires consideration and innovative solutions. D’Youville recognizes the barriers to access that individuals face both to healthcare and to higher education. For this reason, we decided to host not one, but two hackathons this year – both completely virtual. We hope that you will consider joining us as a contributing team member or a fellow sponsor. Together, we can reduce barriers and co-design solutions.

August 10 – 14
D’Youville’s NEW Higher Ed Hackathon 2020 is a unique virtual competition that partners teams with organizations to co-develop a solution to one of higher education’s biggest challenges. Starting August 10, teams will work collaboratively to craft disruptive solutions for higher ed, attend virtual events, and participate in active, online learning experiences. After a week, they’ll pitch their solutions to higher ed leaders and the top teams will be awarded prizes. The Hackathon is FREE to participate.

September 21 – 27
D’Youville’s Healthcare Hackathon 2020 is a unique virtual competition that partners teams with community healthcare providers to develop solutions to our community’s most plaguing healthcare problems. Starting on September 21, teams will work collaboratively to craft novel solutions for their partner institutions, attend virtual events, and participate in active, online learning experiences. After a week, they’ll pitch their solutions to local healthcare leaders and the top teams will be awarded prizes. The Hackathon is FREE to participate.

Our Faculty

Dr. Sharavanan Thevanayagam, clinical assistant professor for the physician assistant program was Live on News 4 WIVB Buffalo discussing the coronavirus tis semester.


“…D’Youville does not stand for the inequality, mistreatment, and killings of people of color and today is elevating this issue as a top institutional priority because it is literally a matter of life and death.”

Over the last several weeks, D’Youville received reports of a student exhibiting racist behavior on social media. Since then, there has been an outcry from the community for action. When reports of racist behavior threaten the safety and/or sense of wellbeing of our community, in violation of our student code of conduct, D’Youville takes immediate action to investigate. Depending on the nature of the case, a student can face an array of consequences. In the most severe cases, a student may be removed from the community. During processes such as these, FERPA student privacy laws legally bind us from sharing specific details of incident responses and student records. Though it may not feel like enough of a response, please know that as these incidents are brought to our attention, D’Youville will be swift and thorough, and will not tolerate bias-related or racist behavior of any sort. All of your messages, notes, and comments are important as they strengthen our ability to move forward. We thank you for your passion and care for all of those who would seek to feel safe at their educational institutions. You can continue to add your voice to this process. The best way to do that is to share with us in writing at D’Youville College, Attn: Student Affairs, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo, NY 14201

The stunning mural by Maxx Moses entitled “Black Matter is Life” is now fully completed and on display on our campus. Of the work, Moses said: “[It] speaks to the current social state of affairs in our country, and across the planet…There’s a sense of urgency here. We need revolutionary actions, a more universal consciousness.”

We are so excited to be able to offer our BN360 members this special experience, which comes at such a crucial time in our community.

What Are Racial Healing Circles?

Racial Healing Circles are simply facilitated conversations where participants are brought closer together and connect through safe, engaging dialogue.

How Do They Work?

Trained facilitators will ensure a confidential and safe space for participants to have truthful conversations to explore current issues and safely ask difficult questions.

Think You’re Already Woke? or Think This is Nonsense? 

Think again. People with different backgrounds or beliefs who have been to a Racial Healing Circle all come away having gained tremendous insight and built new, authentic relationships.


Tuesday, July 28 | 8:00 – 10:00 am 


Wednesday July 29 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm 

Registration Details:
Please register for ONLY one session
Please register ONLY if you can attend the complete session
FREE for BN360 Members (D’Youville is a BNP Member), $25 for Non-Members – proceeds to benefit the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Foundation

Each session is limited to 50 people
Registration closes July 22 and will sell out
Save your spot today!

This program has been made possible by the National Federation of Just Communities

Teaching Methods

Inclusive Teaching Practices | Operations
Inclusive teaching practices require us to engage the wealth of intersecting social identities and positionalities that faculty and students bring to the classroom. Whether face-to-face or online, inclusion must not be an afterthought. Rather, it should permeate every aspect of curriculum and…
Pedagogical Strategies to Acknowledge and Discuss Institutional Legacies of Racism – Office of Teaching & Learning
By Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Kate Crowe, Associate Professor and Curator of Archive and Special Collections
Responding to Trauma in the Classroom – Office of Teaching & Learning
In the last few days, many of us have seen or read about the gruesome and violent videos of young Black men being forcibly restrained, hunted down, and killed in broad daylight and read the stories of a black woman being killed in her own home. Violence against Black and Brown bodies has been a…
Teaching Through a Pandemic: Cognitive Load, Mental Health and Learning Under Stress – Office of Teaching & Learning
The global COVID19 Pandemic has required a lot from educators! From the swift reimagining of classrooms into online learning environments, to altering the architecture of how we communicate, live, love, and parent; the struggle is real. Teaching and learning during this stressful time radically…
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness: Anti-Racist Resources
Anti-Racist Resources This is a list of resources to begin your anti-racist work. This list will be continously updated. Name of Resource,Type of Resource,Link,Notes Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: Mentoring a New Generation of Activists,Article,
New Online Learning Initiatives & Embedded Librarian Program | ITI | Institute for Teaching Innovation at D’Youville
I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day and is enjoying this terrific string of weather we’re having. I’m writing you all to announce some exciting initiatives the Online Learning department will be providing this summer and share information on the Embedded Librarian program (see…
Teach from Home
A hub of information and tools to help teachers and families keep students learning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Reaching out to Struggling Students, Virtually – ACUE
Teaching lab sciences and the fine arts during COVID-19
7 mental health resources to help college students during the coronavirus pandemic – eCampus News

What We’re Reading

Goodwin University, Sacred Heart University and Paier College of Art to Provide an Innovative Educational Collaboration with the University of Bridgeport and Its Students
/PRNewswire/ — Goodwin University and Sacred Heart University, along with Paier College of Art, announced today they intend to work with the University of…
Listen to ‘1619,’ a Podcast From The New York Times
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
What can the humanities offer in the Covid era?
Scholars put the case for experts in philosophy, narrative, literature and culture to work along the scientists in fighting Covid-19
Hacking group selling 73 million stolen user records on dark web
This article was recommended by Dr. Dan Ramsey. 
A group of hackers going by the name “ShinyHunters” is selling more than 73 million stolen user records on the dark web, according to ZDNet. The hackers al
AR Signage for a Safer Reopening – Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
AR Signage for a Safer Reopening The BNMC has recently partnered with Twisted Rope to launch augmented reality (AR) signage in … Read Article
Reimagining Higher Education Post-Coronavirus | Inside Higher Ed

Other News
D’Youville Accepted Into NCAA Division II Membership | D’Youville
D’Youville has been accepted into NCAA Division II membership and will officially compete as a member of the East Coast Conference. Since 2001, the university has competed at the NCAA Division III level. The application to reclassify to Division II membership was submitted on February 1, 2020,…
D’Youville Announces New Visual Identity and Mascot | D’Youville
Two weeks ago, D’Youville announced a new Athletic identity – the Saints. Yesterday, the university revealed the school’s new logo and mascot in a video release on social media.
Library Services Update | ITI | Institute for Teaching Innovation at D’Youville
The following service policy is being relayed to our summer session students. We want to be sure you are aware of what is available to them. We are also available for faculty research training, either individually or any size group.  If anyone has questions or concerns, or wants to schedule…
Fall Reopening Preview – by Dr. Mimi Steadman | ITI | Institute for Teaching Innovation at D’Youville
As we approach mid-summer, I am writing to provide a brief update on fall 2020 reopening plans.  Thank you for your departments’ efforts in May to plan for a mix of face-to-face, online, and hybrid instruction.  Together, Facilities and Academic Affairs have been conducting an ongoing and…

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