Being a more inclusive teacher involves enhancing your own knowledge and your own practice. There are many things you can do right away to be more inclusive, but I truly believe that if you are committed to this fully, it will require consistent attention over the course of your career. This page is just the beginning of what I hope will become a robust repository of resources to help you grow. Note: topics here have hyperlinked articles to outside resources.
Enhancing your practice:
The University of Michigan has created an Inclusive Practices Checklist, it may be worth looking it over and seeing how your course can be improved. Here are some additional ideas:
- Community building – essential to creating an environment in which students genuinely engage with each other on difficult/controversial topics.
- Learning student names and pronouns – Mispronouncing a student’s name or not using their preferred pronouns is a microaggression that can cause real harm. Make learning how your students want to be addressed a priority.
- Diversifying your content – time to review your syllabus, your readings, your slides and build in the voices, images, and experiences of marginalized folx and community members. Here is a Diversifying Content 101 presentation I gave in August 2017, with notes from a faculty brainstorm.
Enhancing your knowledge:
If you’re white, it is always good to reflect on your own white privilege. Here are a few places you could start:
- try the activity Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- read Waking Up White by Debby Irving, or the article For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies by Courtney Ariel, 2017.
- Recently, a google doc was generated with a Syllabus for white people to educate themselves that has a lot of suggested readings, and
- Zeba Blay for Huffington Post assembled a list of 16 Books About Race the Every White Person Should Read.
- Here’s a short 2015 NY Times piece by Daniel Victor on why the phrase “All Lives Matter” is harmful to people of color.
- Local Baltimore racial justice organizations also have resource pages: Standing Up for Racial Justice and Baltimore Racial Justice Action. If you’re interested in participating in a book club or Faculty Learning Community around these resources, contact Robin.Cresiski@goucher.edu
In addition, there are many resources that are not just geared for white faculty/adults. Here are some resources that could help us all get started:
- Watch this Chronicle of Higher Ed video of amazing LGBTQIA students discussing what they would like their professors to know.
- JSTOR’s Charlottesville Syllabus: Readings on the History of Hate in America (this has sections on slavery, immigration, anti-semitism, native Americans and race in American education).
- International students have a unique classroom experience. Check out the results of a survey of international students to better understand their experience and needs. Carnegie Melon also produced Recognizing and Addressing Cultural Variation in the Classroom which is a faculty guide to raise awareness, provide examples of what you may encounter in your diverse classroom, and offer suggestions for improved pedagogy.
- Local Baltimore racial justice organizations also have resource pages: Standing Up for Racial Justice and Baltimore Racial Justice Action.
Going more in depth:
- Lynching in America – the Equal Justice Initiative (created and directed by Bryan Stevenson, author of our fall 2017 first year read, Just Mercy) has produced a collection of resources around our history of terrorizing and lynching black Americans in the time between the civil war and the civil rights movement.
- Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black & White – The author reconsiders many racial conversations of our lifetime with an Asian-American lens.
- Watch Cultural Transitions, a 40 minute video about the experience of International Students (positive and negative).