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  • Diverse College Students

Creating Equity and Inclusivity in the Classroom: An Interactive Workshop


This interactive workshop will provide opportunities for faculty to discuss impediments to inclusion and equity in the classroom and what to do about them. We will look at "teacher talk" research to uncover how language influences student participation as well as uncovers issues of identity and intersectionality. We will examine how these dynamics enter into the teaching/learning relationship.

Through on-your-feet, interactive methods, we will role-play and embody issues of identity and equity, explore them from the inside out and collectively come up with strategies to create safer, more equitable and inclusive learning environments. These are strategies that are suitable for any classroom regardless of subject area.

About the Facilitators

Peter Duffy teaches courses on drama-based pedagogies and arts integration. His research includes cognition and the arts, culturally responsive pedagogies and performed research. He serves as the Director of Research for IDEA. His books include "A Reflective Practitioner's Guide to (Mis)Adventures in Drama Education – or – What Was I Thinking" and "Youth and Theatre of the Oppressed."

Rhonda Baynes Jeffries is Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina. She teaches courses on curriculum, diversity, cultural studies and qualitative research methods. Her research interests include understanding the educational experiences of marginalized people in various educational settings.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.



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