Diversity & Inclusive Teaching


Creating Inclusive College Classrooms is a comprehensive discussion about and step-by-step guide to creating classrooms in which all students feel empowered to participate and issues are viewed from multiple perspectives. Sections of this essay address choosing course content, examining prior assumptions of multicultural issues and how they manifest in classrooms, and considerations for class interactions. 

The Chilly Climate is Dr. Bernice Sandler's compendium of ways that women are treated differently than men in college classrooms. The site contains examples of the "Chilly Climate" and how it affects women, and ideas for both faculty and students to warm up the chilly classroom climate for women. Dr. Sandler is Senior Scholar at the Women's Research and Education Institute in Washington, DC.

The Multicultural Pavillion offers an archive of Awareness Activities including ways to prepare for teaching multicultural issues, icebreakers, and introspective activities. The Pavillion also offers anEducation Equity Awareness Quiz, and recommendations for faculty: 20 Things I Can Do To Be a Better Multicultural Teacher.


Universal Design for Learning recommends ways that courses and classrooms can be designed to address diverse learning styles and needs.

Guidelines for Gender-Fair Language. Your syllabus is a great place to model inclusivity. Language is a powerful tool - use it wisely in your written materials as well as in your dialogue with students.

GVSU's Disability Support Resources also has information and resources for assisting students with disabilities.