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Social Class in our Classes: How can I Support Students as a TA

January 18, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This event is part of the TA Institute, taking place from January 16–19, 2023.

This is an in-person event.

Eligibility: The TA Institute is open to all undergraduate TAs, graduate students who are interested in teaching, and all graduate student TAs. This session is not open to general undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, or faculty.

Socioeconomic class is a real issue that helps shape patterns of injustice in the wider culture and at the university, from ideas about the role of university education in society at large, to the everyday experiences of students in the classroom, and yet it is seldom openly discussed. In this session we will explore meanings of “class” and how they might factor into the classroom experiences of students through access to resources, networks, information, and a sense of personal agency. We will then discuss how TAs can proactively and reactively address these class-based issues in their teaching, and how they can contribute to raising class-consciousness.


  • Itamar Manoff, PhD Candidate, Department of Educational Studies
  • Joseph Topornycky, PhD. Manager, Graduate Student Programs, CTLT


If you wish to complete this workshop as part of either of the themes below to receive a Letter of Completion, you must complete:

  • the pre-session online module by January 16th, 2023 by 11:59 PM
  • Fully attend 4 sessions under each theme you want to complete (this means arriving on time and participating until the end of the session)
  • the post-session online module by January 27th, 2023 at 11:59 PM
  • a theme completion form by January 27th, 2023 at 11:59 PM (only complete this form once—make sure to indicate all themes and all sessions that you have completed).

This session falls into the following themes:

  • Exploring and Supporting Inclusivity, Equity, Accessibility and Wellness
  • In-Person Mode

Click HERE to access all pre- and post-session modules for each theme and the theme completion form. If you have any questions about the pre or post work please reach out to CTLT.TAInstitute@ubc.ca. 

TA Institute

This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5 themes. If you complete 4 workshops in a theme, complete the related pre- & post-session online modules and submit a theme completion form, you are eligible for a Letter of Completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. The Letter of Completion will include a brief description of the theme(s) that you completed, and how the work you did in the theme(s) support your development as a teacher.


January 18, 2023
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
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