The goal of the meeting is to create a shared space for conversation about educational practices that lead to student success.
May 4–Jun 7, 2021
Virtual: see enrollment link below

Spring Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Success held May 4 thru 7 of 2021

Spring Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Student Success, May 4-7, 2021

Each May, we host a conference of MSU educators that showcases innovative teaching ideas and fosters a dynamic community of all who enhance the experiences of students, faculty, and staff. The focus of this year’s conference is on Lessons Learned and New Experiences from 2020. The work over the last year counts!

The goal of the meeting is to create a shared space for conversation about educational practices that lead to student success. To do so, we encourage sessions that share impactful and scholarly approaches to teaching, highlight data related to student learning and success, and provide opportunities for professional growth. We hope to leverage the campus community’s collective skills and knowledge about teaching, learning, assessment, research, and administrative processes to advance student learning and benefit the entire university community.

Details for the 2021 Spring Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Student Success will be provided as they become available.

If you have any questions about the schedule or how to access it, please email

New this year:

  • Affinity Groups for conversation within identity groups (see information below)
  • Sessions housed in D2L with self-registration information – Enroll Now
  • Asynchronous sharing and additional resources in the #iteachmsu Commons (coming soon)
  • Short pre-recorded session introduction and information videos available ahead of time and at the start of each session timeslot
  • Different poster session topics and conversation options daily

Agenda information is available in D2L: Enroll Now to see the schedule

Affinity Group Invitation 

We invite attendees to participate in an affinity group during the Student Success Spring Conference. Affinity (or caucus) groups provide spaces for people to work within their own identity groups. To advance racial equity, there is work for white people and people of color to do separately and together. For white people, an affinity group provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. For people of color, a caucus is a place to work with peers to address the impact of racism, to interrupt experiences of internalized racism, and to create a space for healing and working for individual and collective liberation. Learn more about affinity and caucus groups.

There will be an affinity group for white folx and an affinity group for people of color. The focus of the affinity groups will align with the theme of our featured keynote speakers listed below. Each group will be led by trained facilitators to engage in dialogue utilizing a set of prompts.

  • Wednesday, May 5th at 9 am: Lisa Laughman, LMSW & ACSW
  • Thursday, May 6th at 11 am: Dr. Marita Gilbert

If you are interested in participating in an affinity group, please complete the interest form below. You will receive Zoom information and additional details in the immediate future. When you receive the Zoom information, we are asking participants to opt into the affinity group that aligns with their racial identity. This is not the opportunity for white folx to engage in the POC affinity space and vice versa.

Please register for Affinity Group information

Should you have any questions or concerns about affinity groups, please contact Lynn Lammers ( or Kirby R. Gibson (


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The Graduate School
The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
MSU IT Academic Technologies
MSU Libraries
Residential and Hospitality Services
University Advising Leadership
College of Arts & Letters
College of Education

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