Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom

Strategies to Foster Inclusive Academic Environments at Large Research Universities

Topics: Diversity and Multiculturalism, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Supporting Faculty, Online Education, Academic Affairs

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Summary

Institutions increasingly offer workshops and other programs to encourage instructors to create classroom environments that do not marginalize students of diverse backgrounds. Programs address design of course curricula, facilitation of respectful discussions on sensitive topics, and management of classroom situations that result from student-generated discrimination. This brief profiles the efforts of eight universities to improve classroom inclusion through programming for faculty members.

Research Questions

  • What programming, training, or resources do institutions provide faculty members to prepare them to teach students of diverse backgrounds and ensure inclusivity in the classroom?
  • How and to what extent do institutions mandate or incentivize faculty participation in training or compliance with policies?
  • To what extent do course evaluations include measures to assess inclusion in the classroom with respect to diversity?