Abstract: Our campus is a microcosm of the community in which it is situated and our classrooms are a distinctive physical space where each person deserves to be validated. We each have an identity, place, and voice. As a result, cultivating relationships with students, i.e. building social capital, is key to fostering a learning environment that benefits the collective. To this end, instructors need to be more conscious of how student experience informs individual perception and how different perceptions manifest themselves throughout the learning process. Here we have a responsibility to be increasingly mindful of sensitive issues such as race and ethnicity. This workshop will include some practical strategies about how to better connect with students by recognizing the knowledge that they have to share.