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Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence

The Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion is an initiative of The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The TTIE program is designed to provide an opportunity for faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students to strengthen their strategic diversity leadership capacities both within and outside their classroom and to support USC’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Program Description

Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence addresses teaching philosophies and practices by integrating pedagogical principles aligned with inclusive excellence into the classroom environment, course design and assignments that increase awareness of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as cultural competence, civic engagement and civil discourse. Key outcomes for participants include obtaining a deeper understanding of the people, practices and initiatives that support and foster diversity at USC, as well as obtaining ideas, strategies and resources that instructors can use to both build their diversity competencies and identify areas of diversity partnership across the institution.

Requirements

Faculty, instructors and teaching graduate assistants who participate in eight or more Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence approved Center for Teaching Excellence workshops will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of commendation and recognition on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s website. Participants will be required to attend the Inclusive Excellence at UofSC workshop and seven (7) electives. Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semesters) to complete the certificate.

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Required Workshops

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University’s effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence certificate of completion.  Register

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University’s effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence certificate of completion.  Register

Elective Workshops

Students, faculty, and instructors are consuming media at a rapid pace every day. How does the media that you and your students consume impact your classroom environment? In this workshop, we will look at the numerical reality of how race and gender are presented in the media, how that impacts our classroom environment, and discuss how you can incorporate topics focusing on media and diversity. We will also explore how to foster an environment where students feel comfortable engaging with hard topics in-class and compelled to share the information with others when they leave. 

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.    Register 

This interactive workshop analyzes principles of power in the classroom and how recognizing these principles can aid in encouraging brave dialogue. Participants will learn about, discuss and embody discourses of power in the classroom. They will have the opportunity to collaborate through discussing case studies to practice the strategies that were addressed in the workshop.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.    Register 

This workshop will discuss best practices and issues involved in teaching about sensitive topics, such as obscenity, sexual issues, etc. The goal is to share practical considerations including “war stories” and 'lessons learned' for instructors whose courses include such material. The focus is not on effective teaching techniques per se, but how to deal with the legal, ethical, and other considerations in presenting and discussing such material, while respecting both student sensitivities and free speech rights.

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence certificate of completionRegister

The Horizon 2017 report encourages faculties at colleges and universities to adopt effective instructional strategies that their K- 12 colleagues have adopted and used. A portion of these approaches include culturally- relevant and culturally- responsive teaching. Although effective instructors incorporate these practices in multiple formats and within diverse contexts, participating faculty members and graduate teaching assistants must consider behaviors and issues to which they might be applied. In this interactive workshop, the presenter will engage participants in a “lived experience” that will serve as a basis for reflection. There will be multiple opportunities for discussions and questions throughout and at the end of the presentation.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.    Register

Decolonizing your syllabus (and ultimately our entire curricula) requires looking outside of our discipline and the West to engage other scholarship and practices to build a
foundation for what decolonization looks like.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence .   Register


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