Workshop Series

In recognition of President Rosenberg's call to advance the "life of the mind" at FIU, the Workshop Series supports ongoing reflection and exchange about faculty efforts to implement contemplative practices into their teaching and scholarship.



The Practice of Calling In, Not Calling Out in the Classroom

"Call-outs happen when people publicly shame each other online, at the office, in classrooms, or anywhere humans have a beef with one another. But I believe there are better ways of doing social justice work." Loretta Ross, The New York Times, August 17, 2019

In this faculty workshop, Professor-activist Loretta Ross guides faculty in developing strategies for creating productive classroom discussions, even on the most contentious topics. Calling in requires us to engage in practices of deep listening and empathy and to not lose sight of the humanity of people with whom we might vehemently disagree.

This workshop provides faculty with tools for transforming our “calling out” culture into a “calling in” culture.  


Ross is an award-winning, nationally-recognized expert on racial justice, women's rights, and human rights. Her work emphasizes calling in as an effective way to challenge hate and fuel transformation. Ross has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and TIME magazine, among other publications. Her forthcoming book, Calling in the Calling Out Culture, is scheduled to be released this year.