Inclusive Teaching

Research shows that deliberate use of inclusive teaching practices enhances student learning and contributes to a classroom environment in which all students feel valued and supported. How can instructors create a welcoming class climate for a diverse range of students? In this interactive session, participants will learn about various inclusive teaching strategies, reflect on their own and their students’ social identities, and consider ways to mitigate stereotype threat in the classroom environment. The workshop is designed for instructors who are committed to retaining students underrepresented in their fields and those interested in engaging the social diversity of students in their classes.

Click here to see all of the events in the Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan series.

Event Information
Dates: 
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location (Room): 
CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
Presenter(s): 
Tershia Pinder-Grover - Interim Director CRLT in Engineering, Co-Coordinator for Diversity Initiatives, CRLT
Presenter(s): 
Gina Shereda - Instructional Consultant, CRLT
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2, Multicultural Teaching
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This session focuses on ways faculty and GSIs, through their classroom teaching, can contribute to a welcoming campus climate for a diverse range of students at U-M. Specifically, participants will develop their skills for preventing, identifying, and responding to identity-based microaggressions among students in undergraduate classrooms. Instructors are important allies in addressing behaviors that can create a hostile climate and this workshop is designed to prepare them to play such an ally role.

We want to incorporate some real examples from your teaching experience into this workshop. Please answer the question included in the registration form to provide an example of a time in your teaching when a student said something marginalizing or invalidating of other students' experience or perspectives. We will only share these anonymously during the workshop.

Click here to see all of the events in the Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan series.

Event Information
Dates: 
Wed, 05/11/2016 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Location (Room): 
CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
Presenter(s): 
Victoria A. Genetin, PhD Instructional Consultant - Diversity and Inclusion, CRLT
Audience: 
Faculty Only
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In October 2015, CRLT hosted a U-M faculty panel that addressed challenges and strategies for teaching about difference and privilege. In this post, we spotlight some key moments when faculty described tensions or difficulties, and we suggest strategies for leveraging these for student learning.

The panel featured four LSA faculty members:

(Click on a panelist name to see a video of their talk, or see the embedded videos at the end of this post. Each video runs 8-9 minutes.)

"Several years ago, I was teaching a class on social identity and we were talking about whiteness. Actually, we weren't talking about whiteness. That was the problem." (Al Young)

What happens when discussions about race and privilege turn silent? Faced with the dynamic described above, Young asked students to turn their lens to analyzing the silence they were experiencing by writing a minute paper on the stalled conversation: "What's the problem right now with the conversation on white identity?" After writing for 3-5 minutes, he finds students are more likely to voice their thoughts out loud. For silent or superficial discussions, Helen Fox (2009) also recommends having students write on an index card, "One thing I've been reluctant to say....," which serves as a prompt for follow-up discussion.

“We’re teaching about privilege because privilege is pervasive but knowledge about it is not….Your students, they don’t come in getting it.” (Ruby Tapia) Read more »

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Whether your courses frequently raise potentially sensitive subjects or never do so deliberately, odds are good you will sometimes encounter a 'hot moment': a sudden eruption of tension, conflict, or big emotion during class, often connected to a heightened awareness of the social differences in the room. What are your pedagogical choices in such a moment? And how can you take advantage of such moments as opportunities to advance student learning? In this interactive workshop for instructors in all disciplines, participants will reflect upon their own experiences of hot moments and practice applying concrete strategies for achieving their goals in the classroom even when tension runs high. This session is now full. But please sign up below to add your name to the waitlist.

Click here to see all of the events in the Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan series.

Event Information
Dates: 
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location (Room): 
CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
Presenter(s): 
Theresa Braunschneider - Assistant Director & Co-Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, CRLT
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2, Multicultural Teaching
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These workshops are grounded in research showing that engaging with diverse peers can enhance student learning in the college classroom. How can instructors leverage student diversity--both visible and invisible--in their classes to foster productive peer exchanges that enrich all students' learning experiences? Each of the two complementary “Leveraging Student Diversity” workshops gives instructors the opportunity to experience and reflect upon concrete teaching strategies for helping students engage with one another across their differences, as well as for introducing course material in ways that productively draw upon students' various backgrounds and perspectives. These interactive workshops are designed for instructors in a wide range of disciplines.  Attend either or both; they will feature similar principles but different activities.

Click here to register for Activities for Leveraging Student Diversity, Part 1

Click here to see all of the events in the Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan series.

Event Information
Dates: 
Thu, 05/12/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location (Room): 
CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
Presenter(s): 
Victoria Genetin - Instructional Consultant - Diversity and Inclusion, CRLT
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2, Multicultural Teaching
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