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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

How often have you participated in a discussion and not spoken up as you wanted to do? You were thinking of what you would say, trying to formulate the right words in your mind. Ultimately, however, words failed you, and before you knew it, your chance was gone. Everyone had moved on to a different topic, or the discussion had ended. Your window of opportunity had closed. Perhaps you felt shy, intimated, insecure, or even – let’s face it – afraid. Fear of looking foolish in front of others and even our own self-doubts can prevent us from saying the things we want to say – prudently - in pubic. If you have ever left a discussion wishing you had spoken up, said what you actually wanted to say, and/or stood up for yourself, this workshop is for you.  Register

First-generation college students often face unique challenges in their higher education journey. Using rubrics, instructors can foster an inclusive learning environment and deploy grading tools to create the best learning environment for students. Rubrics provide a clear outline of expectations, assisting students in the achievement of learning outcomes that enable them to complete their educational goals. This session focuses on rubrics as one strategy to support first-generation college students.

By the end of this session, participates will be able to:

  • Improve the learning experience of first-generation college students
  • Define rubrics and identify the types of rubrics
  • Create an interactive rubric in Blackboard and apply it to an assignment for grading   Register

This presentation will cover an ethnographic study of a hip hop-based music education program for students within elementary school classrooms. Drawing on two years of fieldwork in two urban schools, this case study describes how hip-hop song composition encouraged participants to make essential and critical reflections about media’s place in their personal lives, peer groups, families and communities. The findings of this study suggest that the social and cultural capital of making hip hop music can contribute to bolstering academic learning for Black youth. Implications from this study also suggest informal interests and social identities rooted in inclusive practices like hip hop music can connect youth to high-capacity technological skills, civic-mindedness and critical media literacy that can transcend the classroom experience.  Register

Our nation is at a crossroads. Although we may work and/or attend school with persons of various backgrounds and world views, being physically close to each other is not necessarily helping us to get along with each other. So many of us seem to have opposing political and social ideologies and are exposed to rhetoric in social media and traditional media sources which are influencing us to become increasingly more polarized, and in some cases, even leads to violence. Can opening the door to more effective communication help us to become “one nation, under God” again?   Register

 


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