Sessions /
KOTESOL Connections: Diversity Panel #1151

Thu, Feb 25, 19:00-20:00 JST | KOTESOL Room | Open Session
Open session: please log in Professional Development Synchronous-Zoom KOTESOL Connections

KOTESOL members come from diverse backgrounds and identities with varied concerns and interests. This panel is meant to explore the successes and challenges our members experience based on that diversity, as well as how KOTESOL hopes to improve in the future. In turn, KOTESOL Special Interest Groups [SIGs] under the social justice umbrella will offer insights, followed by discussions of related questions in breakout rooms, to which all participants are invited.

Representation and Diversity in KOTESOL Membership

[KOTESOL Social Justice SIG] Jocelyn Wright:

Being ‘researching associations’ is becoming a bit of a trend these days among language teaching associations. From the social justice perspective, an interesting theme to explore within an organization is the issue of representation and diversity of membership. What is it we actually know about our members? What might we guess based on available data? What do we not know? To understand representation and diversity within KOTESOL, answering these questions is a good starting point for further reflection and action.

Bolstering Women and Gender Equity

[KOTESOL Women and Gender Equality SIG] Rhea Metituk & Anika Casem:

Gender equity issues affect our students, and teachers in Korea, as well as the society we are immersed in. As global citizens and as teachers in Korea, what strategies can be applied to address these issues? This presentation will review steps taken by the group initiatives, as well as shed light on areas needing attention and a call to action.

Increasing Diverse Voices Within KOTESOL

[KOTESOL People of Color SIG] Kara Waggoner & Anika Casem:

While we might not know the exact numbers, the number of diverse members within KOTESOL seems to be decreasing in recent years. This is at a disservice to us as an organization because we are missing out on their unique perspectives and the experiences they bring. This part of the panel discussion will look at ways we can make teachers of color feel welcome and invited into KOTESOL.

Covid and the Climate: Unequal effects, similar opportunities

[KOTESOL Environmental Justice SIG] Julian Warmington & Rhea Metituk:

We will review what the Environmental Justice group has achieved so far, preview current plans going forward, and discuss how the Covid 19 era has altered both. We will also discuss why the pandemic era is crucially important for us all as citizens of the global village. We will end with a talk about roles and openness to change and input from all.

Presentation Assets

Netiquette and KOTESOL Code of Conduct

We ask all participants to share ideas with utmost kindness and adherence to the KOTESOL code of conduct: 1. Purpose KOTESOL is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment, protecting our community’s rich diversity of age, ethnicity, race, gender, ability, nationality or national origin, professional status, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, and socioeconomic status. 2. Definitions “Participant” in this policy refers to anyone present at a KOTESOL event, including KOTESOL members and staff, general attendees, venue staff, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, contractors, and all other attendees. “Event” in this policy refers to any gathering organized by KOTESOL or a subordinate group therein, including both in-person and online gatherings such as conferences, meetings, socials, and forums, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings. 3. Expected Behavior All participants at KOTESOL events are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct and to abide by the norms of professional respect that are necessary to promote the conditions for productive professional and academic interchange. (See kotesol website for full code of conduct.) Adopted by the Korea TESOL National Council, June 16, 2019. Revised by the Korea TESOL National Council, Sept. 22, 2019.

Women and Gender Equality SIG Interview by Lucinda Estrada

Please view our video here.

Julian Warmington

Julian Warmington
Julian Warmington has been teaching at the university level in South Korea for more than ten years. Mr. Warmington's professional interests include teaching English conversation while also developing students' abilities for empathy, creativity, and critical thinking, and the twin challenges of reducing greenhouse gas pollution while preparing for the effects of the climate emergency. Julian particularly enjoys the success he has found in combining all these goals within the ESL context of conversation practise with students in their preparation for, and publication of, their writing projects.
Jocelyn Wright

Jocelyn Wright

Mokpo National University
Jocelyn Wright, Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mokpo National University, is actively involved in KOTESOL as a regional coordinator of the Reflective Practice Special Interest Group (SIG) and national coordinator of the Social Justice (Critical Educators in Korea) SIG. These activities align with her main interests.
Rhea Metituk

Rhea Metituk

Korea TESOL [KOTESOL]/University of Ulsan
Rhea L. Metituk teaches four skills courses at the University of Ulsan, as well as business English, writing, TOEIC speaking and listening, and creative film projects and presentations to Korean and international students. This past few semesters like many at post-secondary institutes she has adapted to new methods which at UOU has entailed real-time speaking classes on zoom using blended learning methods. In Korea TESOL, Rhea is currently the First Vice President, and is on the Busan chapter council, as well as co-creator and co-coordinator of the Women Gender Equality & Environmental Justice SIGs [Special Interest Groups]. Contact: or FB: Rhea Gata
Anika Casem

Anika Casem

University Of Ulsan
Anika double-majored in English and Speech Communication in her undergraduate studies. She has a MA in Communication Studies and a TESOL certificate. In the United States she taught public speaking at the university level and adult language learners at a local community college. As a member of the Busan-Gyeongnam chapter she was able to represent KOTESOL as a panel speaker at Ehwa University, present at a few KOTESOL conferences, work as a Zoom technical assistant for the online National Conference, attend various chapter meetings, and act as membership officer in 2020. She has been in South Korea since 2016 and currently teaches at the University of Ulsan.
Kara Waggoner

Kara Waggoner

Sookmyung Women's University
Kara Waggoner has worked at Sookmyung Women’s University in their Young Learner TESOL teacher training program for the past six years. For the past fifteen years she has taught in the United States and Korea, teaching a diverse range of ages and language proficiencies. Her areas of interest include ESL policy, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and poverty and its effect on education. To contact, please email her at