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How to Infuse Experiential DEI Practices in Your Teaching

with Dr. Nalani Butler

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Kuykendall 106 Events Room

Updated 2/2/24

In this workshop, Dr. Nalani Butler will discuss how to infuse diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) into experiential learning in the classroom by working with community partners and through student mentorship. She will engage instructors who are looking to create opportunities to fund classroom engagement and academic research. She will also reflect on her personal experiences by discussing her work with the Special Olympics and her work in Sport Diplomacy.

Dr. Butler is currently an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, U.S.A, co-author of Social Issues in Sport (4th edition), and a DEI Consultant. 

Dr. Butler received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. During her tenure in Knoxville, Dr. Butler volunteered with the Korean Foundation for Next Generation in Sports Talent Program (NEST). She also volunteered as a graduate student representative with the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society (CSPS). CSPS is affiliated with the U.S. State Department, focusing on issues involving Sport Diplomacy. Dr. Butler’s volunteer time with NEST and CSPS was spent facilitating communication between people from different cultures by using sport as a tool to connect them.

Dr. Butler has integrated her experiences as an athlete, her work within sport organizations and her engagement with the scholarship of sport studies to shape a scholarly, community-engaged research-teaching trajectory. In this regard, she focuses on the myriad intersecting critical frameworks that can be employed in understanding the local/global dynamics of sport inequities, opening to understanding societal inequities more broadly. In this context Dr. Butler brings to the fore the concepts and tools that diversity, equity and inclusion provide for mediating these inequities. 

When she is not in the classroom, Dr. Butler spends her time biking, hiking, and paddle boarding.

Presented by

Nalani Butler
Professor, Kennesaw State University

This event is sponsored by the OFDAS Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).

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