Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Teaching Resources
What is Diversity?
Individual differences (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations).
What is Inclusion?
The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
What is Equity?
Educational equity means that every student has access to the resources and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education, across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background, and/or family income.
What is Inclusive Excellence?
“The collective responsibility to equitably engage all students in high quality, evidence-based educational experiences. An institution that commits to inclusive excellence intentionally designs experiences to accommodate differences in students’ aspirations, life circumstances, ways of engaging in learning and participating in college, and identities as learners and students.”
Witham, K., Malcom-Piqueux, L. E., Dowd, A. C., & Bensimon, E. M. (2015). America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
What is Inclusive Teaching?
Inclusive teaching describes the range of approaches to teaching that consider the diverse needs and backgrounds of all students to create a learning environment where all students feel valued and where all students have equal access to learn. https://ucat.osu.edu/inclusive-teaching/what-is-inclusive-teaching/
The AACU (Association of American Colleges and Universities) calls for Inclusive Excellence, and this AACU paper provides an organization framework and other guidance for inclusive teaching across our institutions.
At Clemson, these can help you build an inclusive teaching approach:
The Learner-Centered Syllabus Template is revised each year by OTEI, is built to be accessible, and is oriented towards inclusion. Access the template on the "Clemson Teaching" page.
The Learning-Focused Assignment Guide helps you review, revise, and create assignments that are more inclusive and accessible.
Universal Design for Learning is a holistic approach to creating accessible, inclusive courses. To learn more about universal design for learning principles, join Dr. Eric Moore's UDL Course, located in Clemson Canvas. You can self-register, explore modules, and utilize the "barriers to learning" help sheet.
Links for large classes:
- https://teaching.cornell.edu/teaching-resources/engaging-students/large-courses Scroll to the bottom of the page for “Getting Started with Reducing Anonymity & Building Community”
For more information on Open Pedagogies, visit the OER webpages.
Links about diversity and inclusion in the classroom:
This toolbox site addresses topics related to before, during, and after class.
Thank you to the 2018-2019 Faculty Learning Community on Diversity for content on this page.