Inclusive Excellence & Diversity Workshops and Grants
Creating an Equitable, Inclusive Classroom
Summer 2021 Workshop
The goal of this intensive, four-day workshop in May 2021 is to equip faculty with knowledge and proven strategies to advance antiracism and foster inclusion in their classrooms both on campus and online. This hands-on synchronous Zoom workshop is geared towards the development of a course structure and materials that advance equity and create more welcoming and supportive learning environments for all students. Faculty will work through peer engagement and collaboration as a cohort. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to advance antiracism by equipping faculty to design course structures and materials that address inequity and create spaces in which all students feel welcome. Two nationally recognized consultants will assist TTaDA in facilitating the workshop: Dr. China M. Jenkins, Executive Director, TEAM (Teaching, Enrichment, Advising, and Mentoring) Center, Texas Southern University, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Dr. Jamiella Brooks, Associate Director, Center of Teaching & Learning, University of Pennsylvania. Follow-up in the fall and spring will continue that support and feedback.
Dates and times for the workshop: Monday, May 24, through Thursday, May 27, 8:30am-4:30pm.
Workshop participants will:
- develop concrete teaching and learning products (assignments, assessments, syllabus)
- inform their course structure with antiracist approaches
- gain knowledge of definition, terms, structures and pedagogies that advance equity
- develop best practices around representation and inclusivity in assignment creation and evaluation/assessment
- gain skills in fostering critical thinking and constructively facilitating conversations around race
- understand how to create a safe space for all learners (model having grace for yourself and others)
- understand the role of compassion and empathy in learning
Please distribute to faculty who may be interested in the May 2021 TTaDA workshop and have them apply through the Qualtrics Survey for May 2021 Workshop. Deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021. All faculty are welcome. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 1 and faculty will be notified by Friday, April 9. There is no criteria requirement around the courses a faculty member will focus on, but we will maximize impact by prioritizing the following:
- large enrollment (over 75) classes or labs that make an impact on a large number of students (we also welcome faculty who oversees courses/labs that have multiple sections)
- courses that carry Essential Studies credit
- courses with high DFW rates that may function as a bottleneck to student success
- courses that serve a large number of transfer students
Stipend: $1,500 stipends will be available for up to 30 faculty who:
- attend and complete the entire workshop (stipends will be paid upon completion of the 4 full days),
- prepare new teaching and learning materials (assignment, assessment, syllabus, discussions, etc.) with best practices around representation and inclusivity,
- teach with the newly developed materials and strategies in the summer or fall of 2021 or spring of 2022, and
- share their insights and practices the following academic year through a collaborative effort with TTaDA.
If you have questions about the May workshop, please email Anne Kelsch at anne.kelsch@UND.edu or 701.777.4233.
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Testimonials from 2019* Summer Workshop which focused on retention & persistence
*due to COVID we were unable to offer a 2020 workshop
- Because of the work that we did in our introductory class sections, D/F rates dropped by 5%. Changes made include: early interventions for early alerts (having a graded assignment in the first few weeks), added Department tutoring from GTAs and UGTAs who were section leaders as well, added a study module at the beginning of the course (created an assignment on how to take good notes and exam scores increased), updated syllabus and assignments based on principles of universal design for all learners, shared syllabus and assignments across the department (after learning about syllabus and assignment transparency).
- The 2019 summer workshop challenged me to look a little deeper at those things that stop me personally and that might be blind spots in how I educate students. Great workshop!
- I revamped and overhauled my course with new lectures and modules that meet accessibility requirements. I included multiple models of completed assignments with screen shots based on a variety of learning styles.
- I added live Zoom small group sessions into my class based on the collaborative learning model and it really helped to create a strong community of learners. Students commented on how they liked sharing their experiences and brainstorming ideas together.
- The small group projects I implemented this semester were a huge success. My D/F rates dropped by 4% and the students described the small group project work as what helped them achieve the most success in the course. Ground rules and strong teamwork were mentioned as positives.
- I revamped my course to include more diverse groups (previous course focused primarily on Native Americans). Students are now required to create activities and lesson plans for multiple diverse learners.