To support an inclusive learning environment at GVSU, we invite faculty to engage with the resources described below. Whether you have a few minutes to spare or are looking for a multi-day institute, we offer all faculty the opportunity to continue to grow, learn, explore on their own, or engage with peers.
The NCFDD virtual mentoring program is an independent online professional development training, and mentoring community dedicated to supporting successful career transitions. Graduate students, faculty at all ranks and career stages, unit heads, administrators, and staff can activate their personal accounts by following the steps outlined below.
- Go to www.facultydiversity.org/join
- Under "Select Your Institution," choose "Grand Valley State University"
- Select "Activate my Membership"
- Complete the registration form using your GVSU email address
- Check your GVSU email account to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click "Activate Account" in the email.
Your membership allows you to access tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance. Some of these tools include:
- The weekly Monday Motivator
- Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
- Monthly Guest Expert and Multi-Week Course Trainings
- Access to the 14-Day Writing Challenge each semester
- Access to the Dissertation Success Curriculum for advanced graduate students
- And more!
What a virtual tour of all that NCFDD has to offer? Register for a NCFDD Virtual Orientation—held on September 4th from 9–9:30am or 12–12:30pm.
Please contact Dana Munk (email@example.com) if you have questions or concerns.
NCFDD Fall Discussion Series
This series will bring faculty and staff together for iterative conversation on selected NCFDD webinars. Registrants will have the opportunity to participate in the live webinar or view the recorded version PRIOR to attending the discussion session. These sessions are independent of one another—register for the topics that interest you the most.
You will have to activate your institutional membership in order to access the webinars (live or recorded). Please see the general NCFDD information block for instructions on how to activate your membership.
Registration links are provided in the description box for each topic.
These sessions will be facilitated by the Pew FTLC and Human Resources.
Fall 2020 NCFDD Fall Discussion Series
Post-Election Campus Conversation
Friday, November 6th
In anticipation of a highly charged 2020 presidential election, FTLC and the Civil Discourse Program are hosting a post-election Campus Conversations designed to offer faculty a space to (1) process reactions to the election results and (2) identify productive paths forward with students and each other as we all settle in to the realities of the next four years. Our capacity to navigate complicated and emotionally-charged conversations with students is impacted by the intensity of our own, personal reactions. Join us for this campus conversation aimed to support campus healing, so that the current political divide doesn't become a campus divide as well.
Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Perhamus, Director of the Civil Discourse Program
Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom EdX Course
OCTOBER 1—31, 2020
U.S.–based and higher education-centered, this is a five-week, asynchronous, instructor-paced course that offers an inclusive teaching framework with multiple entry points for reflection and exploration of the research on learning and diversity. Anchored in the lived experiences of students and faculty, you will explore strategies for inclusive course design and student-centered pedagogical practices.
Next offering begins on October 1st, 2020!
History of Structural Inequality in the U.S. (Self-paced Course)
The Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center invites all faculty to consider enrollment in a self-paced online learning opportunity meant to expand knowledge regarding structural inequality in the United States. This innovative short course comprises faculty-led video presentations, resources and strategies and personal reflection.
Those who enroll and participate in the series will:
- increase their understanding of the history of structural inequality in the U.S.
- gain tools for teaching about inequalities related to topics in the course
- identify interdisciplinary connections to their course content and disciplinary expertise
- gain skills in inclusive teaching practices
- have the opportunity to earn a digital badge
Topics covered in this series include:
- History of Inequality for African Americans in the U.S.
- History of Inequality for Asian Americans in the U.S.
- History of Genocide and Structural Inequality for Native Americans in the U.S.
- History of Inequality for Latino Americans in the U.S.
- History of Inequality for LGTB Identities in the U.S.
- History of Inequality Related to Immigration to the U.S.
- History of Religious Oppression in the U.S.
- History of Inequality for Women in the U.S.
- Identity Based Privilege in the U.S.
- Income Inequality in the U.S.
This series is housed on an Blackboard site. To enroll in the course and access the online materials, please email the Pew FTLC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
The intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) assesses intercultural competence—the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. Intercultural competence reflects the degree to which cultural differences and commonalities in values, expectations, beliefs, and practices are effectively bridged, an inclusive environment is achieved, and specific differences that exist in an organization or institution are addressed from a "mutual adaptation" perspective. Success in achieving goals is better served when individuals can more deeply understand culturally-learned differences, recognize commonalities between self and others, and act on this increased insight in culturally appropriate ways that facilitate goal accomplishment among diverse individuals and groups.
The Intercultural Development Inventory is a 50-item questionnaire available online that can be completed in 15–20 minutes. The IDI Individual and Group Profile Report presents information about how individuals and organizations make sense of and respond to cultural differences and commonalities. The IDI can be integrated into curriculum design, assessment, professional development, and research. Cost to complete the survey is $18 per faculty member and $12 per student.
Please contact Dana Munk (email@example.com) for an IDI consult. Learn more by visiting the Intercultural Development Inventory webpage.
20 Minute Mentor Commons Inclusive Excellence Online Workshops
The 20–minute mentor commons are video-based programs designed to answer specific questions related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20–minute presentations designed to fit busy schedules. Below is a list of inclusive-excellence-focused topics that caught our eye.
Please contact the Pew FTLC (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn how to access this amazing resource.
2020-2021 Twenty Minute Mentor Commons Inclusive Excellence Online Workshops
Free Evidence-Based Tools for Teaching and Learning About Race
ACUE Inclusive Teaching Toolkit
ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATORS (ACUE) INCLUSIVE TEACHING TOOLKIT
To support instructors in creating inclusive learning environments, ACUE is excited to introduce a set of FREE resources—including videos and downloadable planning guides—that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students. These evidence-based practiced are tailored for online teaching but are also relevant to the physical classroom.
"Talking About Race" Nation Museum of African American History and Culture Education Resource
Faculty are an influential part of students' learning and development. They, too, have an important role in communicating history and culture. What and how the history of race in America is presented is an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, respectful, and productive conversations. Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. This resource provides easy to incorporate, evidence-based tools to inspire and guide conversation.
MTV's Look Different
In partnership with the Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohiuor State University, this MTV educational program provides evidence-based tools to teach and learn about implicit bias.
Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute
Inclusive teaching involves a deliberate effort by faculty to create a learning environment that attends to and supports he needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning interests, and abilities. Inclusive pedagogical strategies shape the dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individual's experiences in those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design. Inclusive teaching attends the range of identities in the classroom and helps all students feel equally valued.
The Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute is specifically designed to provide Affiliate and Tenure-Track faculty at all ranks with a transformative space to learn and strategize about inclusive excellence in teaching and learning. The Institute will encourage an atmosphere of cultural humility through the examination of social identity and bias. Motivational frameworks, barriers to learning for diverse student learners and proactive strategies will also be introduced. Essential pedagogical approaches that promote an inclusive classroom environment will be modeled and explored. Through pre-assigned readings, access to group Bb site, and facilitated discussions, participants will begin the process of transforming their courses/curriculum, units and colleges.
This three-day institute will take place in Spring 2021. Be on the lookout for more information.
Inclusive Teaching Tips and Strategies
Inclusive teaching involves a deliberate effort by faculty to create a learning environment that attends to and supports the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning interests, and abilities. Inclusive pedagogical strategies shape the dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect an individual's experiences in those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design. Inclusive teaching attends the range of identities in the classroom and helps all students feel equally valued.
As you think ahead to next semester, here are a few questions to consider:
- Does your syllabus portray an inclusive and welcoming learning environment?
- Do you have a plan for getting to know students and fostering student-student interaction?
- Do your instructional strategies include basic Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts?
- Do you have a plan for disseminating content in multiple ways such as printed text, images, audio and video vs just lecturing from slides?
- Will you provide students with multiple ways to express their comprehension and mastery of topics vs just assigning lengthy exams and papers?
- How do you plan to tap into students' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn?
September 25, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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October 30, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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November 6, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
In anticipation of a highly charged 2020 presidential election, FTLC and the Civil Discourse Program are hosting a post-election Campus Conversation designed to offer faculty a space to (1)...
November 20, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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December 11, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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If you would like to be more inclusive in your teaching, here are a few useful resources to help you get started: