Diversity in the Classroom

Diversity in the Classroom

Fall 2018

Reducing Unconscious Bias & Micro-Aggressions in the Classroom: Wed, Oct 3, 3:00-4:30, Old Main, Silver & Sage Room, RSVP required

Presenter: Laura Hunter, Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence and Office of the Provost

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. 


Serving Our International Students: Perspectives on Different Classroom Expectations: Wed, Oct 10, 3:00-4:30, Old Main, Silver & Sage Room, RSVP required

Presenters: Veronika Williams and Tahnee Bucher Barbosa da Silva, 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.


Designing Effective Courses for Diverse Learners: Wed, Oct 17, 3:00-4:30, Old Main, Silver & Sage Room, RSVP required

Presenters: Mascha Gemein, Office of Instruction & Assessment, and Diedre Lamb, Disability Resources Center

Students from a wide range of backgrounds who have different learning preferences, languages, and disabilities are enrolling in the University in increasing numbers. Students from diverse backgrounds raise questions about cultural assumptions and modes of instruction that can help us expand our understanding of effective teaching. Universal design and backward design offer conceptual frameworks for making classes clearer, more accessible, and more flexible, while maintaining academic rigor and minimizing the need for individual accommodations.  Join us to discuss how you can design more inclusive courses and classrooms.


Understanding and Promoting Student Success Through the Lens of Critical Race Theory, Wed, Oct 24, 3:00-4:30, Old Main, Silver & Sage Room, RSVP required

Presenter: Cynthia Demetriou, Student Success and Retention Innovation   

Racial disparities in retention and graduation rates are a top concern across institutions of higher education, yet scholars and practitioners rarely look to racism to explain these disparities. This workshop will provide an introduction to critical race theory (CRT) for educators and student success professionals as well as how CRT can elucidate minoritized student retention at predominantly white institutions. Tangible strategies for using CRT to guide student success will be provided.


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

  • Upon successful attendance of all four 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, signing both in and out.
  • Workshops do not qualify for academic credit.