Inclusive Teaching Tip | Winter 2021 WK3

We are substituting this week’s Inclusive teaching tip with a rainbow🌈 of readings (and a podcast).  Pick one or two that tickle your fancy and dig in!

A Talk to Teachers
speech by James Baldwin (1963)

Following the national day of service honoring Martin Luther King and on the heels of a season of protests demanding justice for BIPoC citizens, the speech James Baldwin delivered to teachers in 1963 is especially prescient.  The opening lines ring as true now as they did in 1963:

“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time. Everyone in this room is in one way or another aware of that. We are in a revolutionary situation, no matter how unpopular that word has become in this country. “ [continue reading]

James Baldwin – A Talk to Teachers

The Black Trauma Show
essay by Crystal Williams (Dec, 2020)

In this essay, the author reflects on how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) trainings can contribute to black trauma by engaging in white voyeurism – those panels that ask BIPoC colleagues to tell stories of harm to educate their white peers. Crystal Williams uses her experience as a DEI leader in academia to offer pragmatic advice to reframe diversity trainings . 

[Gratitude to Jacob Longaker, Associate Director, First Peoples Multicultural, Trans, and Queer Support Services, for this recommendation!]

Seven Ways You Can Foster a More Inclusive LGBTQIA+ Learning Environment
article by Cliff Rouder (Jan, 2021)

This article in the online newsletter, Faculty Focus, offers a run down of steps you can take to offer LGBTQIA+ students a positive learning environment including several citations where you can dig deeper into these ideas.

Inclusion by Design: Tool Helps Faculty Examine Their Teaching Practices
survey tool developed by Carl S. Moore, Edward Brantmeir, and Andreas Brocheild (Sep 2017)

One of JuliA’s favorite gateway tools – the tool described in this article offers a concrete framework for evaluating inclusivity through an analysis of the syllabus. The survey tool guides you through the process of analyzing the context and design for your program and course in addition to the subtext in your syllabus. Connecting with other faculty to review each other’s syllabi using this tool can lead to wonderful insights for supporting the success of diverse learners.

Trauma-informed Pedagogy
podcast (Apr, 2020)

In this episode of the Tea for Teaching Podcast, Karen Costa discusses with the hosts how integrating trauma-informed practices into the classroom can help students to be productive, focused learners.  Also, consider joining higher education colleagues next Tuesday in a conversation facilitated by Tara Hardy (read below) for details.


The Inclusive Teaching Tips are a series of simple, equitable teaching practices published in the Learning and Teaching Commons Newsletter. The tips are archived here.

For many, many more inclusive teaching resources and to add your own, visit ALL LEARNERS WELCOME: Resources for Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences.

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