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Inclusive Pedagogy

The ND Learning team is committed to supporting your development of equitable teaching practices in order to serve students of all backgrounds and abilities.

“Teaching inclusively means embracing student diversity in all forms — race, ethnicity, gender, disability, socioeconomic background, ideology, even personality traits like introversion — as an asset. It means designing and teaching courses in ways that foster talent in all students, but especially those who come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education” (Sathy & Hogan, 2019).

Inclusive teaching moves beyond the specific content we deliver to students (readings, assignment descriptions, research, etc.) to also address our pedagogical practices more broadly. How can we interact with our students in equitable ways? How do we organize the classroom space to make it more democratic and accessible? Which student identities are prioritized and/or marginalized through the classroom activities we select? Inclusive pedagogy asks us to continually reflect upon our teaching practices in order to support learners from all backgrounds. By doing so, research shows that black, indigenous, and students of color can experience improved cognitive development and self-confidence in the classroom (Chang et al., 2016). Inclusive pedagogy also extends beyond the classroom because students who experience cross-racial dialogues and diversity initiatives during college are more likely to be open to and accepting of diversity in their post-university lives (Shim & Perez, 2018).

We offer a range of programming and resources to help faculty, staff, and other campus partners generate inclusive learning experiences. 

We can help you explore and address DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) topics such as:

  • Inclusive curriculum design and syllabus development
  • Creating equitable assessments, assignment descriptions, discussions, and more
  • Crafting an effective diversity statement
  • Implementing anti-racist teaching practices
  • Facilitating difficult conversations that may arise from course content, group dynamics, or other classroom scenarios
  • Responding to microaggressions
  • Addressing challenging instructor/student interactions

We offer a variety of ways to engage with inclusive pedagogy including workshops, individual teaching consultations, reading groups, and programmatic DEI assessments for specific departments.

We can also develop customized workshops on DEI topics that are of interest to your specific discipline, department, or academic program. The goal of these targeted workshops is to combine conceptual knowledge of DEI issues with practical, skills-based exercises and resources. If you would like to commission a new or existing workshop for your academic unit, please contact Alex Oxner, our Assistant Program Director for Inclusive Teaching (aoxner@nd.edu)