2023 LEAPS Symposium

President Jarrell speaking

“Fostering Inclusive Teaching and Learning Environments”

The inaugural symposium on April 11, 2023, consisted of in-person breakout sessions and announcement of the LEAPS Distinguished Educator Awards and Instructional Innovation Seed Grants awarded to UMB faculty.

The symposium included a keynote address by the University’s Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer and Vice President, Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, titled “The Pedagogy of Belonging and Competency-Based Education: Challenging and Changing the Landscape of Graduate and Professional Education.” 

The Pedagogy of Belonging and Competency-Based Education by Dr. Diane Forbes Berthoud

LEAPS co-chair Donna Parker, MD, FACP, professor and senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education, UMSOM, opened the event by describing UMB President Bruce Jarrell's vision for the initiative. “His hope was to recognize and advance the achievements of educators in each UMB school and develop their skills and knowledge as educational thought leaders and scholars, thus helping UMB and its schools strengthen existing educational programs, develop novel educational methods, and advance educational innovation and scholarship.”