Building an Inclusive Community of Integrative and Experiential Learners

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
10:05 AM - 11:20 AM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. 
You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


In this panel session, we will explore the ways in which inclusive student communities can be fostered through integrative and experiential learning. Engaging students in hands-on experiences and reflection helps them connect knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations. All students should be given opportunities to have these meaningful experiences. How can we do that? When creating student experiences within and beyond the classroom, what must be considered to ensure the experiences are accommodating, accessible, and inclusive? What are the potential barriers to student participation and how do we overcome them? How can we structure them so that all students in a class, department, or program feel like they can participate in that experience?

The panelists will share examples of how they support their students in experiential learning to make it more inclusive. We will view this community-building through two lenses: (1) shaping experiences that are accessible and inclusive for all students, and (2) creating experiences that focus on issues of accessibility and inclusivity.

This is an elective session for a certificate of completion in
Integrative and Experiential Learning.


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Moderator and Panelist

Charles Pierce
Faculty Executive Director
Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Charlie Pierce is the Faculty Executive Director of the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning. He leads a team of professionals dedicated to supporting student learning through Experience by Design and Graduation with Leadership Distinction. He is originally from the small state of Rhode Island and a proud alumnus of the University of New Hampshire (BS) and Northwestern University (MS, PhD), where he was indelibly shaped by professors who cared deeply about their students.

Pierce has been a faculty member at USC since 1998 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in geotechnical engineering. He is passionate about fostering a love of learning in his students while helping them develop lifelong professional skills such as critical thinking and decision making. He has spent the past decade and a half creating inclusive, hands-on, student-centered learning environments across engineering, in and out of the classroom, through the adaptation of collaborative problem-based learning.

Kimberly Seibles
Associate Director of Diversity and Social Justice Education
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs


Kimberly Seibles is the Associate Director of Diversity and Social Justice Education in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. She has a BA from the University of South Carolina in Aiken, an M. Ed. from Colombia College, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of South Carolina. She is an experienced diversity and inclusion practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She has worked as a diversity strategist collaborating with individuals and organizations to provide unparalleled insights to some of the most critical issues facing our society today- diversity, inclusion, and equity. Her research interests include finding support systems for African Americans in higher education, socioeconomics, and civic engagement and social justice curriculum development. Among these citations, she is a 2019 recipient of the SC Black Pages 20 Under 40 Awards, 2020 Best and Brightest 35 and Under, and 2022 Excellence for Collaboration Award from the University of South Carolina Student Affairs and Academic Support.

Rebecca Janzen
Associate Professor
Spanish & Comparative Literature
Director of Graduate Studies
Language, Literature and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences


Rebecca Janzen is McCausland Fellow and Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is a scholar of gender, disability and religious studies in Mexican literature and culture whose research focuses on excluded populations in Mexico. Her first book, The National Body in Mexican Literature: Collective Challenges to Biopolitical Control (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015), explored images of disability and illness in 20th century texts. Her second book, Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Culture (SUNY, 2018), focused on religious minorities. Unholy Trinity: State, Church and Film in Mexico (SUNY, 2021) deals with film and religion in Mexico, and Unlawful Violence: Law and Cultural Production in 21st Century Mexico (Vanderbilt, 2022), is about human rights, law, and literature. The Plett Foundation, the Kreider Fellowship at Elizabethtown College, the C Henry Smith Peace Trust and the Newberry library in Chicago have supported her research.

David Rocheleau
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing


Dave Rocheleau is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing. He holds a BS from the University of Vermont, MS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and PhD from the University of Florida. His research interests are in machine design and machine component design. Work has also been done in helping small to medium size companies in a wide area of product design issues. Rocheleau holds several patents, primarily in new product innovation devices. Overall design issues involving kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms, from robots to prosthetic devices, have also been performed. He is the academic advisor for HOPE, Hands on Prosthetics Engineering, at USC. His student organization has done 3D printing of prosthetic devices for people of all ages, from a five year-old boy to a woman in a nursery home.