Academics at Prescott College
Emily Alicia Affolter, Ph.D.
While Emily's educational philosophy constantly evolves, she believes there are some fundamentals to cultivating a healthy learning environment for students. One ongoing goal of hers as a teacher is to advocate for curiosity, cultural humility, and mutual respect for others among students. Emily believes that culturally responsive teaching must be employed to encourage students to develop critical consciousness with which to challenge exclusionary norms. She as a teacher is committed to framing her pedagogical values by centering the question of how to best serve the needs of a diverse learning community comprised of individuals with different cultural and ethnic identities. Emily believes working towards inclusive instruction in classrooms as well as within the framework of larger educational systems requires a familiarity with fundamental multicultural topics, concepts, and principles.
As an educator, Emily strives for the following: to listen deeply to all of her students; to make it evident that no education is apolitical; to create space for her own and her students’ intersecting identities in the classroom; to make learning relatable, engaging, fun, and experiential; to ask for feedback and make changes accordingly; to maintain a high academic bar; to use class time effectively; to monitor her own airtime (the students should be speaking most of the time); to facilitate cross-pollination of ideas among students; to value humor; to plan for class thoughtfully and enter with flexibility when that plan shifts; to capitalize on what students are interested in and minimize what they are not interested in; to be creative; to make their learning relevant to their lives; and to cultivate a habit of self-reflection so that she is constantly evolving my teaching philosophy and practice.
""The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.""Gloria Anzaldúa
Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction: Multicultural Education. University of Washington.
M.A. in Multicultural Education. Prescott College.
B.A. in Humanities and Spanish. Scripps College.
Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity
White Affinity Groups as Anti-Racist Teaching Tools
Teaching to and through Microaggressions to Promote Educational Equity
Affolter, E. (2017). “Staying Woke” on educational equity through culturally responsive teaching. University of Washington. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/bitstream/handle/1773/39877/Affolter_washington_0250E_17312.pdf?sequence=1
Affolter, E., Jackson, J., Caldwell, A., & Scott Byone, E. (2016). Trump is our President-elect: It’s time for action. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-is-our-president-elect-its-time-for-action_us_58361a8ce4b050dfe61879b5
Affolter, E., & Rosman, S. (2015). The White Liberal Chamber. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/emily-alicia-affolter/the-white-liberal-chamber_b_8514712.html
Affolter, E. (2013). La diáspora latina: Investigando y celebrando su impacto en los Estados Unidos/The Latino Diaspora: Exploring and Celebrating its Significance in the United States. Lanic Etext Collection. Retrieved from http://lanic.utexas.edu/project/etext/llilas/outreach/fulbright12/
Affolter, E. (2013). Examining the influence of the Fulbright-Hays Mexico and Colombia seminar on educators’ philosophic and pedagogic orientations to multicultural education. Prescott College. Retrieved from http://gradworks.umi.com/15/38/1538854.html
"Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID): Overview & Outcomes." Association for Women in Science. Washington, D.C.
“Building a White Affinity Group: Why and How it is Imperative in these Changing Times," National Association for Multicultural Education. Salt Lake City, UT
“Walking the Talk: Transforming Organizations for Equity," White Privilege Conference. Kansas City, MO
“Teaching Microaggressions through Concept Mapping: A Tool for Antiracist Classrooms," Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. Portland, OR
Fulbright-Hays Grantee. Mexico & Colombia.