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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.  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.  Register 

Elective Workshops

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, international students who study or hope to study in the US face unusual challenges. This webinar will address the range of challenges: travel-related, immigration-related, admission-related, linguistic, cultural, political. How might this reality affect international students in your classroom? Participants will discuss these constraints and ways to support international students in managing them in the USC classroom as the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully comes to a close.  Register 

The global pandemic of COVID-19 once again exposes Asian Americans to hostile and violent racial discrimination. Jun and Woo present their research on Asian Americans' communication, coping, and activism in responding to anti-Asian COVID-19 racism.  Register

Associate Director of Mental Health Initiatives, April Scott will discuss the history of racial trauma and race-related stress and how it shows up in the classroom. This training will cover the emotional and psychological consequences of not attending to racial trauma in academic spaces and identify ways faculty can adapt and respond to racial trauma, particularly during times of racial injustice.  Register

All learners have varying needs and abilities. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) employs a variety of instructional methods to eliminate barriers to learning and offer all students opportunities for learning success. This interactive webinar presents the impact of accessibility and the integration of tools and resources that facilitate multi-modal learning for everyone, along with proven strategies for implementing accessibility and multi-modal learning into physical and digital classroom environments.

Participants will compare foundational concepts of universal design (UD), universal access (UA), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); apply principles of UD, UA, and UDL to access the abilities of all students; and review instructional and assistive technologies as tools to facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  Register 

If you know me, you can teach me. This interactive presentation will explore issues of diversity, engagement and how every teacher must first, be willing to be the student. We will further consider how concepts of race, ethnicity, class, gender and culture intersect in school curriculum. Participants will be provided with viable tools and strategies that can be easily implemented to aid teachers in building relationships with students and gaining the positionality needed to learn from students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. To further understand the magnitude of being granted both the access and the acclaim of the title – Teacher.   Register

Nearly 20 years of war against terrorism has been sustained by a small, volunteer force. As a result, military veterans tend to be placed on two ends of a spectrum in attempts to honor such service. On one end is the hero archetype and on the other is the broken archetype. At the same time, veteran benefits and resources have increased over the same time in order to attract and retain military affiliated students. Rather than focusing on the barriers in higher education this workshop will highlight the opportunities and resources unique to these students. Register

Join us for a panel discussion with student veterans. Like most endeavors, serving in the military is a very subjective experience. Not all veterans go to war and those who do may not be negatively affected by it. After their time in the military ends, many veterans transition into education or training programs. There are hundreds of veterans, at all levels, on the U of SC Columbia campus alone. Come engage with a few of them about their education experiences and also meet the staff who support them.  Register

The total number of undergraduate international students has more than tripled at UofSC since the start of the International Accelerator Program. This growing population has increased the diversity of your classrooms and has brought new opportunities and challenges as we have collectively sought to prepare all students at UofSC to enter a much more global workforce.

We’d like to tell you about the efforts we’ve made to make UofSC a more welcoming place for international students through curricular and co-curricular innovations accomplished in collaboration with departments across campus. We’d also like input from faculty members who have taught international students at UofSC – you have a unique perspective to share and we would greatly value your partnership as we continue to work towards comprehensive internationalization at UofSC.

How have international students contributed positively to your classroom? From your perspective, how do the needs of international students differ from those of domestic students? What professional development should we offer to faculty so that they are better equipped to meet these needs? What resources should we offer to students to ensure that they have adequate support to meet their unique needs? How might we engage international students and domestic students further to increase cultural exchange? How might we collaborate more with faculty to further internationalize the university?  
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Non-native writers of English study in all departments at USC and writing is often used as a way to demonstrate learning. In this workshop, attendees will evaluate the learning outcomes for their course and investigate what can and cannot be measured through writing, as well as challenges that are unique to non-native writers. The workshop will include an overview of cultural and proficiency related aspects of non-native writing and writing instruction, as well as ways that non-native writing errors are most effectively addressed. Attendees will also learn techniques for conferencing with non-native writers, setting achievable and reasonable expectations for non-native writers without compromising learning outcomes and connecting non-native writers with the resources available at USC that are designed to help them.  Register

When considering buzz words such as diversity, culture and multilingualism, have you ever stopped to reflect on how these terms are connected to your own life? Have you ever wondered about the students in your future classrooms and how their unique backgrounds will impact the methods you engage in teaching and learning with not only those them but their first teachers as well, their families? This presentation will delve into these concepts and leave the participants more aware of barriers, assets and ways to engage diverse children and families in education.  Register


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