Inclusive Classroom Resources

Exposure to diversity leads to the development of complex thinking skills and learning integration, promotes ethical decision-making and the ability to work in a diverse society, and increases students’ capacity for social agency and citizenship. Students’ interactions and experiences with diverse perspectives in the classroom allow students to grow and gain valuable insights about themselves and others, increase perspective-taking skills, and fosters appreciation for diversity of experience and thought. Students often are able to develop identify and challenge previously held assumptions through the course content and materials presented in the classroom, shaped by engaging in classroom discussion and activities. The resources in this section offer strategies to promote inclusive excellence and improve the climate for learning for all students.

Recommended Readings

Inclusive Teaching

Creating Inclusive College Classrooms- Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Inclusive Teaching Resources and Strategies- Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Teaching for Inclusion: Diversity in the College Classroom- Center for Faculty Excellence, University of North Carolina
Reconsidering the Inclusion of Diversity in the Classroom- Laird, Diversity & Democracy, Association of American Colleges & Universities
Fostering Inclusion with Universal Design for Learning- Kelly, Diversity & Democracy, Association of American Colleges & Universities

Managing Hot Moments

Guidelines for Discussing Incidences of Hate, Bias, and Discrimination- Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Strategies for Making Productive Use of Tense or Difficult Moments- Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Reducing Incivility in the University/College Classroom- Brandon University
Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom- Derek Bot Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

Perceptions of Faculty Behavior by Students of Color- Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Tips for Teachers: Teaching in Racially Diverse College Classrooms- Derek Bot Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
Working Collectively Across Differences- Association of American Colleges & Universities
Teaching International Students: Pedagogical Issues and Strategies- Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Gender

Teaching Beyond the Gender Binary in the University Classroom, Center for Teaching- Vanderbilt University
Teaching to Promote Gender Equality- Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Virginia
Gender Perception as a Habit of Moral Perception: Implications for Philosophical Methodology and Introductory Curriculum - Norlock, Journal of Social Philosophy
Gender Inclusive Schools Toolkit- Gender Spectrum

LGBTQ

LGBT Inclusion in the Curriculum & Beyond- LGBT Center, University of California-San Francisco
Interrupting Heteronormativity- The Graduate School of Syracuse University
Best Practices: Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate- Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center
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The Library: Print-Ready Handouts, Exercises, Activities, and Lesson Plans for Educators and Allies to Use in Classrooms and Educational Presentations- Western Illinois University

Disabilities

Teaching Students with Disabilities- Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University
Reasonable Accommodations: A Faculty Guide to Teaching Students with Disabilities- The City University of New York
Making Courses Accessible- Columbia College

Veterans

Creating a Welcoming Environment for Veterans in Higher Education- Vacchi, Diversity & Democracy, Association of American Colleges & Universities
Working with Military Veterans in the Classroom- The Institute for Learning and Teaching, Colorado State University
Supporting Veterans in the Classroom- American Association of University Professors

Intersectionality

Teaching at the Intersections- Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center
The Promises and Challenges of Teaching from an Intersectional Perspective: Core Competencies and Applied Strategies- Jones, Charmaine, & Wijeyesinghe, New Directions for Teaching and Learning

Faculty Self Awareness

Faculty members' social identities and classroom authority- Chesler & Young, New Directions for Teaching & Learning
Diversity Issues for the Instructor: Identifying Your Own Attitudes- Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Diversity Syllabus Statements

Samples Statements from Yale University
Sample Statements from Brown University
Sample Statements from University of South Carolina

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