Keynote Speaker

Presenting the COLTT 2016 Keynote Speaker 

Brenda J. Allen Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion (Chief Diversity Officer) at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus

Optimizing Technology's Promise

Brenda J. Allen, Ph.D. - Optimizing Technology's Promise - Keynote COLTT 2016

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Living at the intersection of changing demographics, evolving technologies, deeper understandings of learning, and big data, we have an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on our teaching practices and revise them. We can use the promise of technology to realign our practices to make learning more accessible and inclusive. Join a thought-provoking session with CU Denver’s renowned author and scholar, Professor Brenda J. Allen. She will unpack complexities of access to and accessibility of educational opportunities and challenge us with questions that can influence our work: How can we best use technology and data to benefit all students? How can we translate inclusive teaching practices to technology-mediated learning? To what extent should we critically assess our use of data to retain and graduate students?

About Brenda

Brenda J. Allen is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. She was recruited from Howard University to CU Boulder in 1989, and she moved to CU Denver in 2001. Her scholarship focuses on organizational communication and social identity (e.g., gender, race, sexuality, age, ability, nationality, religion, and social class), with an emphasis on diversity in higher education. Among her publications is the groundbreaking book Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity, (2nd Ed., 2011, Waveland Press). She presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops and consultations on a range of topics, including unconscious bias, inclusive workplaces, recruitment, retention, and culturally-responsive pedagogy. Among numerous awards and accolades, she received the 2013 Elizabeth Gee Award from the University of Colorado System. This award honors an outstanding faculty member for efforts to advance women in academia, interdisciplinary scholarly contributions, and distinguished teaching.

View Brenda's LinkedIn profile here.



The video of the 2015 COLTT Keynote from Michael Feldstein is available here: