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Wednesday, June 24 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panel Session: Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITaL): Improving Cultural Competency through an Empathetic Lens

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Panelist(s): Sean Hauze, James Frazee, Samantha Wagner, Ilin Misaras, David McNeill and Mike Cuales

This presentation will be at Zoom:  https://sdsu.zoom.us/j/95027446775

In an era ripe with distrust and misunderstanding, empathy can be difficult to find. While most academics have the best intentions, racial and gender bias are often evidenced in classroom instruction and the hiring/promotion process. But what if we can step into the eyes of another person to see his or her view from the inside? Prior research shows that understanding the perspective of another can foster empathy and reduce implicit bias. This panel will discuss the use of VR to address social inequities by transforming perspectives for a more diverse and inclusive society. The panel, comprised of faculty, leadership, and students representing San Diego State University and North Carolina State University, will discuss how interdisciplinary collaboration is being leveraged to develop an empathy-building VR training simulation with the potential to transform cultural competency. Panelists include: Dr. Sean Hauze, SDSU Adjunct Faculty and Associate Director of Instructional Technology Services; Dr. James Frazee, SDSU Adjunct Faculty and Associate Vice President Instructional Technology; Samantha Wagner, Computer Science student and SDSU VR Club Treasurer; Ilin Misaras, Assistant Director of NCSU Global Training Initiative; David McNeill, Associate Director of NCSU Global Training Initiative; and Mike Cuales, Creative Director for NCSU New Media Development.

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Mike Cuales

Creative Director / VR Producer, NC State University Distance Education
In his current role as Creative Director at North Carolina State University's Department of Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), Mike manages a diverse team of multimedia designers. In the past few years, he has focused his efforts on the exploration, production... Read More →
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Sean Hauze

Director, Instructional Technology Services, San Diego State University
Dr. Sean Hauze is Director of Instructional Technology Services at San Diego State University, where he provides operational leadership and direction for applications, initiatives, infrastructure, training, and support services across the broad spectrum of instructional technology... Read More →
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Ilin Misaras

Assistant Director, Global Training Initiative, NC State University
Ilin develops and oversees the GTI’s marketing and communications efforts to external and internal audiences, which includes the management of the unit’s online and social media presence. She is also spearheading efforts to develop and utilize new technology, such as virtual reality... Read More →

Wednesday June 24, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
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