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Hidden Spaces, Mobile Places: Changing an Institutional Environment through Appreciative Inquiry

Hidden Spaces, Mobile Places: Changing an Institutional Environment through Appreciative Inquiry

October 17-19, 2014
Gould Hotel and Seneca Falls Community Center
Seneca Falls, NY
This session introduces participants to a process of Appreciative Inquiry currently underway at Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts. Appreciative Inquiry is a strength-based approach that builds on positive psychology as well as social construction of language. RIT’s Appreciative Inquiry process is part of an ADVANCE grant by the National Science Foundation to improve the participation and advancement of women’s careers. Understanding environment broadly as the social, cultural and institutional settings in which we interact, the session presents a form of activism aimed at creating a more supportive institutional environment for women (and men) rather than changing women to better fit into the existing environment. Participants will engage in an Appreciative Inquiry process in the first part of the session, and in the second part of the session, the organizers will discuss and reflect on the Appreciative Inquiry process at RIT.

Contact: Corinna Schlombs Rochester Institute of Technology, 92 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623, tel. 585-475-4211, email: cxsgla@rit.edu

Conference Itinerary: http://www.senecafallsdialogues.com/itin2014.html.