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Educating for Tomorrow: Building Inclusive Competencies Today

Fall Workshop for Educators


Dr. Catalina Piatt-Esguerra is the Programs Manager for UVA’s School of Education & Human Development’s (EHD) inaugural Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). In this role, she works to support the vision of the Office to create and sustain a more equitable environment at the EHD through diverse recruitment efforts, integration of DEI into the school’s core mission, and enhanced programming, professional development, and policy design for faculty, staff, and students.


Prior to joining UVA, she worked at the Miller School of Albemarle, where she taught Spanish and served as the school’s first Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In this role, she worked in a variety of areas—ranging from curriculum consultation, residence life crisis management, faculty professional development and student support— aimed at making the Miller School a more inclusive teaching and learning environment.


She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2019, where she also worked as a Student Success Coach for first-generation students of color in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives and co-led orientation programming for incoming students through the Office of New Student Programs. While at Michigan, she also worked in the Rackham Graduate School with their Program in Public Scholarship and their Graduate Professional Development programs. In 2018, she completed the Rackham Graduate's School Professional Development Certificate in DEI while serving on the Advisory Committee to the U-M Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion. Her experience spans secondary and higher education spheres, and she is equipped to empower educators at all levels to build their capacities and skill sets in DEI.

November 15, 2021



Online via Zoom


Registration Deadline: November 8, 2021


Committed to being culturally competent but not sure where to start?


Eager to learn more about how to be an inclusive educator?


Join us for VDN’s fall workshop, led by Dr. Catalina Piatt-Esguerra.


We will explore the concept of inclusivity through approaches to language, representation, behaviors, and policies. Starting with a personal self-inventory and time of reflection, followed by an exploration of the role of intersectionality as a critical foundation to the work of inclusive praxis, Dr. Piatt-Esguerra will lead a discussion on ways to design a space of belonging, where learners have the space to bring their whole selves.


Cost:  Free!



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