Diversity in the Classroom

Diversity in the Classroom

Fall 2019

This will be the last semester the Diversity in the Classroom workshop series will be offered. If you need to attend some workshops to complete the requirements for the certificate, this is your last semester to do so. If you have questions about the workshops or certificate, please email lahunter@arizona.edu. Given the interactive nature of these workshops, they will not be available by Zoom.


Serving Our International Students: Perspectives on Different Classroom Expectations

Friday, Oct 11, 2-3:30, Biological Sciences West, Room 208, RSVP required

Presenters: Veronika Williams, Assistant Coordinator of Student Support & Lecturer, Center for English as a Second Language, & Tahnee Bucher Barbosa da Silva, Instructor, English as a Second Language

We will explore the pedagogical and cultural implications of the fact that the University now has more international students than ever.  This workshop will compare typical US classrooms to classrooms in other countries to help the audience understand the different approaches to education. Suggestions will be offered to bridge the gap between styles and build understanding between people to help classes run more smoothly.  These suggestions also help address differences in personality and learning style.


Universal Design: Intentionally Designing Courses for Diverse Learners

Friday, Oct 18, 2-3:30, Biological Sciences West, Room 208, RSVP required

Presenters: Mascha Gemein, Assistant Professor of Practice, Instruction and Assessment, & Cole Eskridge, Universal Design Consultant, Disability Resources

Students from a wide range of backgrounds and who have different disabilities, languages, and learning preferences are enrolling in the University in increasing numbers. Universal design offers a conceptual framework and toolbox for making classes clearer, more accessible, and more flexible, while maintaining academic rigor and minimizing the need for individual accommodations. It provides suggestions for presenting content, engaging students, and assessment. Join us to discuss how you can design more inclusive courses and classrooms.


Safe Zone Network Workshop

Friday, Oct 25, 2-3:30, Biological Sciences West, Room 208, RSVP required

Presenters: Jen Hoefle Olson, Director, LGBTQ+ Affairs, & Rachel Greene, Coordinator, LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Safe Zone is a campus-wide training program and larger network committed to making The University of Arizona a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community. The intention of the workshop is to shift campus climate through education. An individual’s participation in Safe Zone often sends a strong message to campus community members that they are an identifiable source of support and nurturance for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty on our campus. Workshop participants will be introduced to definitions related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and other important terminology; will learn about how to move away from thinking of identity as binary and to a continua model; will hear students at the University of Arizona identify issues they encounter on campus; and will be asked to reflect on their own identities.


Reducing Unconscious Bias & Micro-Aggressions in the Classroom

Friday, Nov 1, 2-3:30, Biological Sciences West, Room 208, RSVP required

Presenter: Laura Hunter, Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion

Given increasingly diverse classrooms, how can faculty and instructors reduce unconscious bias and micro-aggressions?  Unconscious bias is pervasive, with nearly all people displaying unintended biases towards certain groups.  After a brief introduction to the research, we will consider strategies for addressing students’ unconscious biases and micro-aggressions and offer teaching and assessment strategies that reduce the impact of our own unconscious biases. 


Earn a Leader in Classroom Diversity & Inclusion certificate by attending all four Diversity in the Classroom workshops!  Details:   

  • Upon successful attendance of four different workshops, attendees will earn a certificate delivered via email.
  • Attendees must RSVP prior to the event using the RSVP links. 
  • Attendees must be present for the entire workshop. Those who arrive late or leave early will not be receive the certificate.
  • Workshops do not qualify for academic credit.

If you have questions about the workshops or certificate, please email lahunter@arizona.edu.

For questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations, please contact Trinity Fuentes at tfuentes@email.arizona.edu.