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Affirming Identities: Student Leadership Conference

December 7, 2017 — 

This coming January, Physical Education and Education students will converge on the U of M for the 4th annual Manitoba Physical Health and Education Teacher Education (MPHETE) Student Leadership Conference.

The conference theme for 2018 is “Affirming Identities”, which student organizer Taylor Lafrenier says is all about diversity and inclusion of different populations in phys ed classes.

“We’re looking at all types of inclusion. For example, one area we’ll focus on, is current language use in our gym classes,” says Lafrenier. “Language is changing all the time and it’s so important to get that right, so it’s something we need to revisit on a regular basis. For example, within the LGBTQ community, there are many definitions that aren’t necessarily known by the broader population, so we need to stay on top of that.”

The one-day event will feature presentations from experts in the field, multicultural games, circus workshops, a winter carnival and other professional development opportunities.  Most will be active and activity based.

Dr. Jepkorir (Rose) Chepyator-Thomson, Professor of Physical Education and Sport Management at the University of Georgia, will give the keynote presentation on building a community of learners through physical activity and culture.

For more information on the conference or to register, please click here.

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