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Diversity in the classroom

Diversity and Inclusivity

How do you best reach all of your students, whatever their background or experiences? How do you create a classroom environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all? We have several workshops and events this semester to help.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.


January 2017

College classrooms are intended to be places where students learn to engage in reasoned discussion about complex issues and learn from others’ perspectives. In fact, research has demonstrated that engagement with controversial topics can enhance students’ learning and critical reasoning skills. Many faculty members are reluctant to include discussions of controversial topics in their courses, however, because of the challenges that can arise if disagreements become emotionally charged.

Join facilitator Christy Friend for an interactive session that explores strategies for fostering productive controversial discussions. Topics will include identifying course content that may provoke controversy, setting discussion guidelines, introducing sensitive topics and establishing a civil, inclusive classroom environment in which issues are discussed respectfully. The session will end with an open question-and-answer session and a discussion of issues that have arisen in attendees’ own teaching.  Register

An inclusive classroom is one that promotes diversity of thought and perspective based on students’ background, experiences and individual differences. In this interactive workshop, Moryah Jackson will lead a discussion on the importance of inclusivity in the classroom, share ten practical approaches that will help foster an inclusive classroom and provide resources for additional guidance.  Register

February 2017

Are you ready to move forward on the road to meeting all students’ needs? Learn how you can use the principles of Universal Design for Learning (providing all individuals an equal opportunity to learn) to make your online course welcoming and usable for all of your students.  Register

What is the role of teaching assistants to create a culture of inclusiveness in the classroom? How might teaching assistants prepare to work effectively with a diverse array of students? Issues of diversity and inclusion are increasingly contested within higher education. This interactive workshop provides an opportunity for teaching assistants to watch actors portray challenging classroom situations. Participants will then collaborate to replay the various scenarios with changes in order to find alternatives to the initial conflict. The workshop will gather the collective wisdom in the room and encourage participants to address and then redress the conflicts.  Register

 

The Carolina Intercultural Training program developed by International Student Services focuses on faculty and staff understanding cross-cultural communication styles and exploring strategies for increasing intercultural competence. This workshop includes information and activities to help navigate common miscommunications between cultures both in the office and classroom setting.

Those who complete this program will receive a certificate and an “International Friendly Zone” card. You will leave the workshop better equipped to provide and promote an inclusive environment on campus for more than 1,400 international Gamecocks.  Register

Join students, faculty and staff to discuss expectations and thoughts on classroom interactions. We’ll have lunch for everyone and a facilitated discussion that’s sure to be interesting.  Register

As higher education evolves and our student body diversifies, teaching today’s undergraduate students has significantly increased in complexity. This interactive workshop will explore research and best practices in engaging and supporting “Generation Z” — students born after 1995 — in the classroom and beyond, addressing motivation, expectations, technology use and approaches to learning.  Register

 

When was the last time you deconstructed a course or developed one with the clear purpose of grabbing the attention of every student in class? What do you do when students express feelings of disconnection or discontent while in your class? Issues of diversity and inclusion are increasingly contested within higher education. University offices of diversity and inclusion have been dissolved, and funding for state universities has been withheld due to disputes surrounding these issues. Classrooms are not immune from these tensions.

This interactive workshop provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate assistants to watch actors portray challenging classroom situations. Participants will then collaborate to replay the various scenarios with changes in order to find alternatives to the initial conflict. The workshop will gather the collective wisdom in the room and encourage participants to address and then redress the conflicts.  Register

March 2017

We hope, as educators, that by the time students graduate they will have grown in their understanding of issues related to diversity and in their ability to engage in diversity-related discourse. Indeed, we argue, in order to maximize students’ contributions to progress in our society, this is a must. 

Despite growing resolve to facilitate this growth, challenges facing educators may result in missed opportunities. The overarching aim of this session is to create space for much-needed dialogue about these realities. Panelists will share varied perspectives on these issues and will describe strategies to advance diversity-related educational outcomes in spite of the challenges of doing so.  Register

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