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Teaching After the 2016 Election: Resources for Faculty

Here at CTE, we have heard from a number of faculty this past week who are concerned about classroom issues that may arise in the wake of the recent election. Whether you are concerned about addressing difficult topics, managing strong emotions that have emerged in response to the election results or assisting individual students—here are some resources that you may find useful:

  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has prepared a useful faculty resource page on discussing difficult topics and creating an inclusive classroom environment.
  • For specific tips on addressing the 2016 election in class, see the University of Michigan’s “Returning to the Classroom After the Election” and Vanderbilt University’s “Teaching in Response to the Election.”
  • If you are concerned about students who may need additional support or advocacy in the upcoming weeks, don’t hesitate to share information with your classes about university offices and programs who can help.
  • Remind students that the Carolinian Creed articulates the ideals of inclusion, mutual respect, and openness that all members of the campus community are expected to embrace. Any student or faculty member who experiences an incident of hate or bias on campus should report it to the university

As always, the CTE is happy to talk with instructors about concerns or questions specific to particular teaching situations. Give us a call at 777-8322 or fill out an online request for an individual consultation. And stay tuned for our Spring 2017 offerings, which will include several workshops on inclusive teaching, classroom civility and related topics