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At all levels, from individual instructors to the upper administration, the University of Michigan has stated a commitment to inclusive teaching.  What does “inclusive teaching” mean at U-M? CRLT uses the following definition, which synthesizes a range of research related to teaching and learning as well as ideas collected in faculty focus groups:

Inclusive teaching involves deliberately cultivating a learning environment where all students are treated equitably, have equal access to learning, and feel welcome, valued, and supported in their learning. Such teaching attends to social identities and seeks to change the ways systemic inequities shape dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individuals’ experiences of those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design.

Some key aspects of this definition to note:  1. This definition is relevant in every discipline, whatever your content. 2. Inclusive teaching requires intentional practice over time. As one participant in a CRLT faculty workshop stated, “Teaching inclusively is a mindset. You can’t think about it once and be done.” 3. Inclusive teaching does not describe any particular pedagogical approach but names a foundational intention that shapes your approach, whether you are lecturing, leading discussion, holding office hours, or facilitating team-based learning. Read more »

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Research on teamwork in professional contexts illuminates the issues that arise for students as well. Challenges often arise from sources other than differences of language or classroom experience; they can come from different views of organizations, hierarchy, decision-making, and -- perhaps most important -- expressing agreement or disagreement.  Whether students see these differences as being individual or cultural may be less important than helping them identify differences and work through them.  Read more »

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In any discipline or field, a key goal as well as challenge is supporting the learning of all students. Through programs, consultations, and resources, CRLT supports teachers in creating learning environments where students of all identities and backgrounds can flourish. This page features a range of online resources that define inclusive teaching and provide specific strategies for practicing it.

Overview of Inclusive Teaching at the University of Michigan: This webpage provides a definition and overview of inclusive teaching and its research basis.

University of Michigan Student Profiles (pdf): This document provides profiles of U-M's incoming students compared to other highly-selective institutions over time. This data can help instructors understand more about U-M students' background knowledge, experience, and goals; prompt instructors to reflect on their own assumptions about students; and facilitate the cultivation of deliberately inclusive classrooms. 

U of M Undergraduates, Responses to Diversity Issues & General Student Experiences (pdf): This document provides data about University of Michigan seniors'  perspectives of diversity on campus according to ethnicity.  Read more »

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