Inclusive teaching gets a lot of attention on college campuses. Instructors are increasingly expected to understand how course climate— the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical environment of a class—impacts their students, and respond to calls for inclusive classroom environments from both students and administrators. But creating a supportive learning environment for all students can be challenging. Where do you begin?
The Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia helps instructors answer that question by offering five inclusive teaching principles derived from research and evidence-based practices. In addition, the guide contains practical, accessible, and usable strategies that instructors can use immediately. We invite you to contact the CTL with questions, suggestions, or ideas for collaborating with us on this initiative at CTLInclusiveTeaching@columbia.edu.
This toolkit synthesizes key research in the fields of inclusive teaching, online teaching, and teaching and learning in order to provide faculty with concrete strategies they can incorporate into their teaching practice. Each section provides an overview, strategies, and further resources for each topic area. We have also included sections on how to connect students with resources on and beyond NYU’s campus, as well as resources for faculty to consider to practice self-care. The last section of the toolkit has general teaching resources and an abbreviated bibliography so that you can continue to further your knowledge about digital inclusive teaching practices. We invite you to visit our website regularly for updates and thank you in advance for fostering an inclusive learning environment. *Please note: This is the first version of the toolkit. There will be a second version released in August.
Race and Equity in Higher Education, American Council on Education
The racial and ethnic makeup of the United States has diversified substantially since the country’s founding, with dramatic changes occurring in just the last 20 years. Racial and ethnic diversity comes with a host of benefits at all levels of education and in the workforce—greater productivity, innovation, and cultural competency, to name a few. Moreover, the current and future health of our nation—economic and otherwise—requires that the whole of our population have equitable access to sources of opportunity.
Chief among such sources of opportunity is higher education. It is therefore imperative that educators, policymakers, community leaders, members of the media, and others have access to timely data on one of the most salient predictors of higher education access and success in this country: race and ethnicity. To be clear, there are myriad factors that inform educational access and success, such as income, wealth, geography, and age. Yet it remains the case—as the data in this and other studies show—that race is a prevailing factor in many educational outcomes. These data provide a foundation from which the higher education community and its many stakeholders can draw insights, raise new questions, and make the case for why race still matters in American higher education.
Scene On Radio
Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.
Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?
Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.
The Key podcast
The pandemic has exposed and worsened equity gaps in higher education, as its impacts have been felt most by Black, Latino and lower-income Americans. What policies and incentives could help close those gaps?
To help grasp the scope of the challenge, we spoke with Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, a nonpartisan research and policy group. Cooper talked about why higher education needs to change, and how.
We also spoke with Kim Cook, executive director of the National College Attainment Network, which has been tracking federal data that suggest some lower-income students may leave higher education. Cook spoke about doubling federal Pell Grant awards and other policies she’d like to see enacted.
Brought to you by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, this is a series on student-driven topics on issues of equity in education and a way for our students, faculty, and staff to address their ongoing problems of practice in the field. We will also have inspirational discussions with those leading the charge on issues of diversity and inclusion in Education.
More than 80% of teachers in the U.S. are white. But most don’t know that their whiteness matters. Teaching While White (TWW) seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom. Because “white” does not mean a blank slate. It is a set of assumptions that is the baseline from which everything is judged; it is what passes for normal. TWW wants to have conversations about those assumptions: what they are, how they impact our students, and how we can confront our bias to promote racial literacy.
The Higher Education Anti-Racist Teaching (H.E.A.R.T.) Podcast focuses on elevating our learning about antiracist teaching at colleges and universities. In this podcast, we explore what antiracist teaching in higher education is, what it entails, what challenges educators face, and any advice our guests can give our audience in their antiracist teaching journey. The podcast is supported by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Connecticut.
From critical conversation to news, numbers, and analysis — we’ve got you covered. You can count on Diverse’s In The Margins to bring you the latest, most relevant thought leadership as it pertains to diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education. As the national expert, we’ve been doing this for almost 40 years in print and on the web. Now we are excited to expand the conversation via this podcast. We will tackle these topics, and more, head-on. Listen weekly for a mix of deep dives, short briefs, expert panels, interviews, and more. Our award-winning news staff covers higher ed inclusion and equity issues daily on DiverseEducation.com. We are thrilled to bring it to you here, in In The Margins.
The mission of JPHigherEd is to transform our community by amplifying the voices of professionals who utilize identity-conscious approaches in both education and action. Our four guiding values are (1) justice; (2) connection; (3) empowerment; and, (4) education! These four values guide our actions and hold us accountable to our mission.
Addressing issues of equity and inclusion with authenticity and vulnerability. Podcast sponsored by Southern Connecticut University.
Live sessions June 9-10, freely available recordings of sessions will be available on the Every Learner Everywhere website in Fall 2021.
- Teaching Equitably in Mathematics
- Teaching Equitably in Chemistry
- Teaching Equitably in English Composition
- Teaching Equitably in Psychology
- Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching
- Getting Started with Equity in Gateway Courses
- A Discussion on Digital Learning, Equity, Racial Justice and Innovation
- Socially Just Design in Gateway Courses
- Socially Just Design in the Transfer Experience
- Socially Just Design in Academic Advising
- Socially Just Design in the Curriculum
- Socially Just Design in Digital Learning
WHAT WE’RE READING
- So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
- Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education by Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
- Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
- Mississippi: The Closed Society by James W. Silver