Inclusive Excellence

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. 


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Inclusive Excellence Resources

Level or Category Resource Type Resource Title and Link Resource Description Source
Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Asynchronous Course or Institute ACUE Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning Micro Course

Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) micro-course focused on the learning an implementing of research-based teaching practices centered around inclusive and equitable teaching and learning. This course begins on May 16, 2022. Source: ACUE.

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Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Asynchronous Course or Institute Inclusive STEM Teaching Project

The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project is a National Science Foundation grant-funded program designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and the ability of STEM faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff to cultivate inclusive learning environments for all students. Source: Inclusive STEM Teaching Project.

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Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Mentoring Opportunity National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

The NCFDD virtual mentoring program is an independent online professional development training, and mentoring community community dedicated to supporting successful career transitions. GVSU has an institutional membership with NCFDD making this program FREE to all GVSU faculty, graduate students, and staff. Source: NCFDD.

NCFDD View
Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Website Minds That Matter

This website hosts recorded sessions and handouts from our Minds That Matter series (Winter 2020)—faculty development sessions that facilitated deeper understanding regarding the nature of mental health challenges facing our students and how that impacts teaching and learning. Source: GVSU Pew FTLC.

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Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Recorded Webinar Curated List of NCFDD Recorded Webinars that Focus on Race and Diversity

NCFDD (National Center or Faculty Development and Diversity) Guest Expert Webinar series offers 60-90 minute professional development webinars that focus on member-requested topics including wellness, the job market, rank-specific skill training, and the "big questions" of purpose and passion. Access these for FREE with your GVSU NCFDD Institutional Membership. Source: NCFDD.

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Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Synchronous Course or Institute Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute

This three-day institute is designed to provide faculty at all ranks with a transformative space to learn and strategize about inclusive excellence in teaching and learning.  Typically offered each Spring semester. Source: GVSU Pew FTLC.

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Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Self-Paced Course Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom edX Course

FREE self-paced course that uses real stores, reflection, and key research to help faculty learn how to create and sustain inclusive, student-centered learning environments. Source: edX.

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Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Self-Paced Course History of Structural Inequality in the U.S. (self-paced course)

This self-paced online learning opportunity expands knowledge regarding structural inequality in the U.S. This innovative short course comprises faculty-led video presentations, resources and strategies and personal reflection. Source: GVSU Pew FTLC.

GVSU Pew FTLC View
Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development Video 20-Minute Mentor Commons Inclusive Excellence Videos

Curated list of 20-minute mentor commons—video-based programs designed to answer specific questions related to teaching and learning—regarding inclusive excellence.  Each video is only 20-minutes and comes with access to handouts and other resources.  Access these with the Pew FTLC subscription for FREE. Source: Magna Publications.

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Getting Started Document Comprehensive UDL Resource List

A list of UDL quick note guides and accompanying videos for implementing a course design framework for providing increased access and reducing barriers to learning. Source: Oakland University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Oakland University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning View
Getting Started Website Sample Inclusive Syllabus Statement

Faculty interested in including language on their syllabi about the University's commitment to inclusion and equity and/or their own commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment are encouraged to use language listed on this site. Source: GVSU.

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Getting Started Website The First Days of Class

Curated list of resources—articles, books, websites—to help faculty make the most of their first days of class, including efforts to make their course inclusive and accessible. Source: GVSU Pew FTLC.

GVSU Pew FTLC View
Getting Started Website UDL Syllabus Guidelines

This resource contains information about developing a syllabus and an example of a syllabus highlighting UDL considerations. Source: CAST.

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Getting Started Website UDL at a Glance

This resource focuses on how the UDL framework guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs. Source: CAST.

CAST View
Getting Started Website UDL Quick Tips

This resource focuses on building capacity to make instructional materials and resources inclusive and accessible. Source: Colorado State University.

Colorado State University View
Getting Started Document One Inclusive Thing

"One Inclusive Thing" is a FTLC Series designed to highlight inclusive classroom strategies that are easy for faculty to incorporate. Source: GVSU Pew FTLC.

GVSU Pew FTLC View
Getting Started Website Minds That Matter

This website hosts recorded sessions and handouts from our Minds That Matter series (Winter 2020)—faculty development sessions that facilitated deeper understanding regarding the nature of mental health challenges facing our students and how that impacts teaching and learning. Source: GVSU Pew FTLC.

GVSU Pew FTLC View
Getting Started Website Theory to Practice: UDL "Quick Tips"

Webpage with UDL tips to help make instructional materials and resources inclusive and accessible. Source: Colorado State University.

Colorado State University View
Getting Started Inforgraphic CAST Until Learning Has No Limits Infographic

Universal Design for Learning Guidelines infographic that focuses on the three principles of UDL—Engagement, Representation, & Action and Expression. Source: CAST.

CAST View
Getting Started Document Reflection on Your Practice: Applying Inclusive Teaching Principles

This resource is designed to help individual instructors reflect on a range of equity-focused teaching practices in order to reinforce practices already in use and identify new ones for exploration.  Source: Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan.

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan View
Getting Started Document Universal Design for Learning: Rubric for Evaluating Your Course Syllabus

A rubric for instructors to evaluate their course syllabus against with regards to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  Elements that are examined include instructor information, textbooks, course assignments—explanation, examples, submission, and grading, course calendar, student resources, and format (length, accessibility, and visibility).  Source: EnACT~PTD:  Ensuring Access through Collaboration & Technology

EnACT~PTD: Ensuring Access through Collaboration & Technology View
Getting Started Short Video Universal Design for Learning: Culturally Diverse Learners

This video shows how UDL principles serve culturally diverse students, such as international students or English Language Learners.  Duration: 5 minutes. Source: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University. 

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University View
Getting Started Short Video Universal Design for Learning: Action and Expression Strategies

This video offers strategies for action and expression, one of three UDL principles promoted by CAST. Action and Expression considers how students demonstrate what they have learned through a variety of assessment types and modes.  Duration: 5 minutes. Source: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University View
Getting Started Short Video Universal Design for Learning: Representation Strategies

This video offers strategies for representation, one of the three UDL principles promoted by CAST. Representative considers how instructors communicate course concepts through a variety of class modes and media.  Duration: 5 minutes. Source: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University View
Getting Started Short Video Universal Design for Learning: Engagement Strategies

This video offers strategies for engagement, one of the three UDL principles promoted by CAST. Engagement considers how students are motivated to learn the content by connecting course concepts to their academic, professional and personal lives.  Duration: 6 minutes. Source: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University.

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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.

Next Institute scheduled for Spring/Summer 2022!

THREE-DAY INTENSIVE INSTITUTE

Coming Spring/Summer 2022!


NCFDD Webinars on Race & Diversity


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.

  1. Go to www.facultydiversity.org/join
  2. Under "Select Your Institution," choose "Grand Valley State University"
  3. Select "Activate my Membership"
  4. Complete the registration form using your GVSU email address
  5. 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:

Please contact Dana Munk ([email protected]) if you have questions or concerns.

NCFDD Recorded Webinars & Courses Focused on Race and Diversity

Turning Chutes into Ladders for Women Faculty: A Roadmap to Equity in Academia
Facilitated by Michelle Cardel, PhD
Originally held on January 26, 2021—recording available for viewing!

Gender inequities remain pervasive in academia. The COVID19 pandemic has only magnified these inequities. This webinar will focus on the barriers and facilitators to gender equity in academia and highlights actionable strategies for institutions to implement to improve gender equity.

Access the recorded Turning Chutes into Ladders for Women Faculty webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

Bracing for and Embracing the Fall as a Blkademic
Facilitated by Della Mosely, PhD
Originally held on September 14, 2020—recording available for viewing!

Recognizing the unique vulnerabilities Black academics (Blkademics) are facing in the current sociopolitical and campus climate, this interactive webinar will provide attendees with practical strategies to help them as they begin the fall semester. By increasing awareness, reflecting on holistic wellness needs, and getting clear on the strategies that resonate on a personal level, Blkademics will better be able to brace for and potentially embrace the semester ahead after attending this NCFDD webinar. Grounded in counseling and prevention psychology, Black feminism, and solution-focused theories, this webinar will offer Blkademics empirically-grounded and culturally-relevant strategies for surviving and being well as an academic today.

Access the recorded Bracing for and Embracing the Fall as a Blkademic webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

Developing Anti-Oppressive Communities: Supporting Black Students and Mentees
Facilitated by Wanda Swan
Originally held on August 18, 2020—recording available for viewing!

This webinar will provide attendees with opportunities to identify and reflect on their privileges and biases and how these impact their ability to effectively serve as teachers and scholars. The presenter will discuss strategies for identifying and combating anti-Black racism in classrooms and research groups, how to most effectively support Black students and colleagues, and how to proactively contribute to diverse and inclusive campus communities, whether those be classrooms, research teams, labs, or committees. The presenter will also address how the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn and the recent racist killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery impact black research assistants and postdocs and the role of faculty and PIs in supporting Black mentees during the present historical moment. 

Access the recorded Developing Anti-Oppressive Communities webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

How to Challenge Race and Gender Bias in Student Evaluations
Facilitated by Bedelia Richards, PhD
Originally held on March 24, 2020—recording available for viewing!

Studies consistently show that student evaluations are biased against women faculty and faculty of color. Yet, higher education institutions continue to lean heavily on students’ evaluations of teaching for hiring and promotion decisions. This webinar is designed for faculty and administrators to better understand how student biases become transformed into institutional inequalities based on race and gender. The webinar provides administrators and faculty in leadership positions with a range of potential solutions for eliminating or minimizing the negative impacts of biased student evaluations. Recognizing that institutional change takes time, however, the webinar also provides strategies for empowering women faculty and faculty of color on how to advocate for themselves, particularly in situations where they are not being fully supported.

Access the recorded How to Challenge Race and Gender Bias in Student Evaluations webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

Micro-Aggressions, Micro-Resistance, and Ally Development in the Academy
Facilitated by Cynthia Ganote, Ph.D., Saint Mary’s College, Floyd Cheung, Ph.D., Smith College, and Tasha Souza, Ph.D., Boise State University
Originally held on April 7, 2016—recording available for viewing!

We often discuss ways to lead difficult dialogues amongst our students, and even ways to serve as allies to students experiencing classroom-based micro-aggressions. However, what do we do when we witness colleagues who are the targets of micro-aggressions?

This webinar examines ways in which micro-aggressions particularly impact women, faculty and staff of color, and LGBTQ faculty and staff in our institutions. In response, we can practice forms of micro-resistance and ally behaviors when we see our colleagues targeted, or when we ourselves are targeted. This focus on empowerment allows us to take action in our local environments, thereby lessening the impact upon colleagues and ourselves when micro-aggressions occur.

Dr. Cynthia Ganote is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Saint Mary’s College of California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her research focuses on race, class, gender, and sexual inequalities; feminist methods (including grounded theory and feminist in-depth interviews); critical and feminist pedagogies; and on approaches to community-based research. Currently, she is writing a book entitled Diverse Faculty, Re-Shaping the Professoriate.

Dr. Floyd Cheung directs the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning and teaches English language and literature and American studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate Program, for which he served as the founding chair. He has edited books and published articles on Asian American literature from 1887 to the present.

Dr. Tasha Souza is the Associate Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Communication at Boise State University. Most recently, she was the Faculty Associate for Inclusive Excellence for Humboldt State University and a Fulbright scholar at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. She is a consultant on communication and pedagogy and has published in such areas as difficult dialogues in the classroom, discussion-based teaching, instructional communication, and intercultural conflict.

Access the recorded Micro-Aggressions, Micro-Resistance, and Ally Development in the Academy webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

(In)Civility in Academic Spaces
Facilitated by Adeline Koh, PhD
Originally held on March 23, 2016—recording available for viewing!

The topic of (in)civility in public academic spaces has become extremely important, particularly in the wake of the Steven Salaita case, in which Salaita was denied a job he had been hired before because of his anti-Israeli foreign policy tweets. How should junior academics plan to walk the difficult tightrope between participating ethically in public social media spaces, and simultaneous passing through the difficult challenges of the tenure track? In this webinar, Koh will analyze the landscape of public academic spaces through social media, the necessity of participating in these spaces, and caveats and strategies to keep in mind.

Access the recorded (In)Civility in Academic Spaces webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

Addressing Incivility in the Classroom: Effective Strategies for Faculty
Facilitated by Chavella Pittman, PhD
Originally held on February 16, 2016—recording available for viewing!

Classroom incivility refers to any student behaviors that disrupt the learning environment. They can range from texting in class to outright intimidation or threats. Regardless of the severity of the classroom incivility, research suggests they are on the rise. Unfortunately, faculty may not be prepared to deal with them. This is particularly troubling for marginalized faculty who are more frequently the targets of student incivility.

In this webinar, you will learn about faculty’s experiences with student incivility, especially the experiences of faculty with marginalized identities (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation). You will also learn about the potential consequences for faculty of unchecked classroom incivilities. Most importantly, this webinar will teach you strategies you can use - both inside and outside of the classroom - to address these problematic student behaviors. 

Access the recorded Addressing Incivility in the Classroom webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

Disability and Living/Working in the Academy
Facilitated by Stephanie Kerschbaum, PhD
Originally held on January 26, 2015—recording available for viewing!

Living and working with a disability in academia is a common occurrence, particularly given the ways that academia itself is an environment that can exacerbate or bring out disabling conditions in many people. In this workshop, Stephanie L. Kerschbaum will suggest ways that academic environments can become more hospitable towards disability as well as how academics can work interdependently to enact accessible moves and procedures. Specific topics discussed will include legal obligations and expectations around accommodation and why these are important but insufficient for enacting broad accessibility, the ways that “universal design” might apply to academic environments, and means for cultivating communication around access.

Access the recorded Disability and Living/Working in the Academy webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

Presumed Incompetent: Race, Gender, and Class in Academia
Facilitated by Carmen Gonzalez, JD
Originally held on August 5, 2013—recording available for viewing!

  • How do race and gender stereotypes affect perceptions of competence in the academic workplace?
  • Why do academics from the working class feel pressure to "pass" as middle or upper class?
  • Why should the growing corporatization of academia be of particular concern to women of color?

What can be done to increase the hiring, tenure, promotion, retention and inclusion of women of color and other underrepresented groups?

Despite academia's professed commitment to meritocracy and diversity, female faculty of color continue to be underrepresented in the nation's colleges and universities. The problem is particularly glaring because thirty percent of the nation's students are of color, and the next generation will be majority minority.

This workshop examines the obstacles that female faculty of color encounter on the road to tenure and beyond, and provides strategies that can be used by women of color, by allies, and by academic leaders to address institutionalized bias and to create a more equitable and inclusive campus environment.

Access the recorded Presumed Incompetent: Race, Gender and Class in Academia webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

Successful Strategies for Faculty Diversity: Valuing Faculty Work that Promotes Equity
Facilitated by Sheila O’Rourke, JD
Originally held on February 26, 2013—recording available for viewing!

For those of us who care about diversity in higher education - faculty, administrators, diversity officers and advocates - increasing diversity among our faculty is one of our greatest challenges. This workshop explores effective strategies for promoting faculty diversity with a focus on rewarding faculty for teaching, conducting research and making service contributions that promote the institutional commitment to equity and diversity. Topics include:

  • Valuing contributions to diversity in faculty searches and hiring
  • Recognizing diversity work in faculty merit and promotion reviews
  • Allocating resources to create incentives for diversity work
  • Using data strategically to make the case for faculty diversity

The session refers to new policies and program at the University of California as case examples, and explores how each strategy can be adapted for colleges and universities, large and small; public and private. The session addresses legal issues that impact faculty diversity programs and provides guidelines for avoiding legal challenges to effective diversity efforts.

Access the recorded Successful Strategies for Faculty Diversity webinar online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.

Cultivating Compassion & Collectivism: A Multi-Week Course to Facilitate Health from Racial Trauma
Facilitated by Della Mosley, PhD
Originally held on February 10, 2021—recording available for viewing!

Racial trauma has many academics oscillating between fight, flight, and freeze responses. We are fighting on committees and in our classrooms, debating how or if we should stay in harmful environments, and finding ourselves stuck as we hold our own and our community's pain. In this two-part workshop series, Dr. Della will describe the connection between trauma, healing, compassion, and collectivism. She will also introduce and guide participants through practices that help cultivate compassion and collectivism as a means to help facilitate healing from racial trauma.

This multi-week course includes 3 one-hour recording webinars.

Access the recorded Cultivating Compassion & Collectivism webinars online with your NCFDD institutional membership.  Haven’t activated your NCFDD institutional membership yet?  Visit our Inclusive Excellence webpage for information on how to activate this FREE and superb membership.


Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom edX Course

Promotional video fro Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom Self-Paced edX Course

NEW DELIVERY FORMAT—FREE Self-Paced Course

Through real stories, reflection, and key research, learn how to create and sustain inclusive, student-centered learning environments.

U.S.–based and higher education-centered, this is a five-module, self-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 instructors, including your own, we invite you to explore strategies for inclusive course design, student-centered pedagogical practices, facilitating learning across difference, and change efforts that support student engagement, achievement, and belongingness. Come with a course of your own in mind, and design for inclusion as you make your way through Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom.

You will explore:

  • Your formative experiences as a learner, teacher, and member of your discipline
  • Strategies and exercises helpful in communicating effectively, facilitating discussion, and modeling inclusivity when unexpected issues arise
  • Research, frameworks, and models that help us understand why and how diversity and inclusion matter in teaching and learning

Learn more and register at the edX Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom webpage


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 ([email protected]).

 

History of Inequality Series Digital Badge

SELF-PACED COURSE


Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

START WITH AN INVENTORY OF WHERE YOU ARE NOW

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 protected]) 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 ([email protected]) to learn how to access this amazing resource.

GOT 20 MINUTES?

2020-2021 Twenty Minute Mentor Commons Inclusive Excellence Online Workshops

WHAT CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES CAN I USE TO IMPROVE LEARNING?

This 20-minute program is designed to teach participants how multiculturalism impacts the classroom in a variety of ways with a variety of learning outcomes. Instructors learn to account for the multitude of cultures in the classroom by teaching in a culturally responsive way that ensures that all students have the same opportunity to learn.

Don't have access to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons library?  Contact us ([email protected]) to have the access instructions sent to you.

WHAT IS INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE AND HOW CAN IT IMPROVE MY TEACHING?

This 20-minute program is designed to teach learners what intercultural competence is, why it’s important, and how to build it in both faculty and students. Explore some of the cultural differences instructors are likely to face in the classroom along with myths surrounding intercultural competence. Participants will learn to reflect on their own assumptions that they bring to the classroom, as well as strategies to overcome assumptions and foster a more culturally responsive approach to teaching.

Don't have access to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons library?  Contact us ([email protected]) to have the access instructions sent to you.

HOW DO I USE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES TO BUILD COGNITIVE SKILLS IN MY STUDENTS?

Every instructor has faced at least one, and in today’s politically charged climate, you might have seen several. They’re hot moments—those occasions when classroom discussion turns combustible and threatens to burst out of control. Whether they’re inspired by course material, classroom dynamics, or outside issues, hot moments can disrupt teaching and degenerate into personal attacks. Or they can enhance student learning. This 20-minute program shows you how to promote student growth and development by digging—with great fairness and respect—into all those topics you’re not supposed to talk about.

Don't have access to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons library?  Contact us ([email protected]) to have the access instructions sent to you.

THREE SECRETS TO BUILDING DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

How can you create a safe space where students from a variety of backgrounds are open to sharing their experiences and viewpoints? By applying the culturally responsive teaching practices detailed in this 60-minute online seminar, you’ll be able to build more effective learning experiences and increase student engagement in online environments.

Don't have access to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons library?  Contact us ([email protected]) to have the access instructions sent to you.

EFFECTIVE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STRATEGIES

A truly inclusive campus requires strong leadership and organizational change management. What should your institution be doing to ensure a comfortable, safe, and equitable campus environment for ALL? In this 60-minute online seminar, you’ll explore how to effectively lead and create institutional change, ensuring your institution is a diverse and successful learning community.

Don't have access to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons library?  Contact us ([email protected]) to have the access instructions sent to you.

RECRUITING A RACIALLY DIVERSE, CULTURALLY COMPETENT FACULTY

The success of students of color on your campus requires a renewed commitment to recruiting culturally competent faculty members to teach them. Learn how your institution can foster greater diversity and inclusion. The presenters deliver clear-cut strategies your school can use to increase the racial diversity of final applicant pools as you approach the crucial task of hiring new faculty members.

This 90-minute online seminar is offered in partnership with the Social Justice Training Institute.

Don't have access to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons library?  Contact us ([email protected]) to have the access instructions sent to you.

ONLINE ENGAGEMENT AND ASSIMILATION STRATEGIES FOR NONTRADITIONAL AND MARGINALIZED STUDENTS

Have you sometimes found it difficult to get the online participation you were hoping for? If so, you are not alone. It may be a bit unsettling to hear, but it is common for some students to feel marginalized despite your best intentions to educate in the most inclusive way possible. In this 60-minute online seminar, you’ll learn about the impact of community and inclusion on online student success from a national at-risk education expert.

Don't have access to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons library?  Contact us ([email protected]) to have the access instructions sent to you.


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.

View the Inclusive Teaching Toolkit

"Talking About Race" National 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.

View the Talking About Race Resource

MTV's Look Different

In partnership with the Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, this MTV educational program provides evidence-based tools to teach and learn about implicit bias.

View MTV's Look Different Resource

Project READY

Project READY is a three-year program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library services to create professional development for school librarians and other educators focused on racial equity and culturally sustaining pedagogy.  While the modules are tailored for librarians, they are free to access and could easily be used by faculty, administrators, instructional designers and anyone in the education sector looking to create a more inclusive curriculum.

Access the complete curriculum guide and free modules by visiting the Project Ready Getting Started webpage.

View the Project Ready Resources and Materials

UCLA Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Implicit Bias Video Series

Heard the term "implicit bias" but not totally sure what it means? Interested in reading the seminal studies? Just like TED Talks? Animated videos? This is the place for you...

This series of 7 short videos on implicit bias are for public use and include essential content on the roots of implicit bias, the impact of bias on individuals and groups, and countermeasures to minimize it's impact.

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Inclusive STEM Teaching Project

The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project is designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and ability of STEM faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff to cultivate inclusive learning environments for all their students and to develop themselves as reflective, inclusive practitioners. In addition, these ideas and concepts are valuable to individuals in all aspects of education, such as high school teachers, instructors in the arts, humanities, law, medicine, social sciences, and other fields, as well as administrators and faculty developers.

Our modules cover the following themes designed to help instructors construct classroom environments that support the complexities that contribute to student persistence: social identity and its impact on learning; power, positionality, and privilege; inclusive course design; interruption of oppression and microaggressions; and evidence-based teaching.

Learn more and register for the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion--A Professional Development Offering of the eXtension Foundation Impact Collaborative

You may want to get ideas for a program that you are starting or implementing. Or you may want to know what is being done in the eXtension DEI program area. In either case, you have come to the right place! This site is designed to give you quick access to information, experts, training, and resources that can help you develop or conceptualize your program. Not involved in a program yet? This site will give you an excellent foundation for understanding the topic, and perhaps inspiring you to start a program.

Visit the eXtension Foundation Collaborative DEI website

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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?

ONE INCLUSIVE THING: 
Responding to Cultural Diversity in the Classroom at GVSU
2019, Issue 3

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