Keynote

Moving from intent to action: Assessment to equity

About this session: 

In this keynote, Dr. Bheda will reinforce the connection between assessment and equity, focusing on how faculty can demonstrate their commitment to equity-minded assessment. She will share practical, creative, and subversive ways that you can embody your values of equity through assessment. She will also share what it will take--from a real, lived-experience perspective--for you to engage in this work, in your respective contexts, every day, in your skin. The conversation she will begin seeks to push us all past our comfort zones to help us engage in meaningful activism as we catalyze student success and continuous improvement. With her keynote, she seeks to enable authentic, intentional, and impactful collaboration on the collective level while also planting the seeds for personal growth on the individual human level. 


About the presenter:

Divya Bheda
Divya Bheda, Ph.D.

Divya Bheda, Ph.D.

Dr. Divya Bheda is a higher education consultant  who has over a decade of experience in leading program evaluations, assessments, and social justice training. She has experience championing curricular innovation and learning outcomes assessment that enables authentic engagement and deep learning. Her curricular-assessment-evaluation work has spanned general education, higher education administrative units, academic programs and certificates, and student support services. She has experience in online, and brick and mortar educational contexts; expertise in building organizational responsiveness, catalyzing curricular and pedagogical innovation, advocating for equity and social justice issues, and enhancing student success. She approaches data, strategic-planning, and decision-making using a formative, utilization-focused, equity-building lens.

Dr. Bheda holds a PhD in Critical and Socio-Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Oregon, an M.S. Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon, an M.A. in Mass Communication / Media Studies from the University of Madras, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology, English Literature, and Communication from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.

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