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Diversity in the Classroom

Roundtable participants shared that we could do a better job of living out our mission when it comes to pedagogy and curriculum in learning spaces. Participants shared that this especially pertains to ensuring that our instructional practices are inclusive of the lived experiences of our learners. Specific actions mentioned by participants include incentivizing DEI work and expanding supports for systemic change and professional development.

Challenges Based on Lived Experiences

  • Unclear systems for faculty regarding how they can remediate issues that don’t violate the comprehensive policy
  • Students drop classes because of harm
  • Lack of awareness in how University practices intimidate students from lower socioeconomic and working-class backgrounds
  • Barriers to family engagement
  • Lack of faculty training to support students or having difficult conversations about what is going on in society
  • The need for common definitions/lexicon
  • Resources for underrepresented groups
  • Lack of pipelines for diversity from undergrad to graduate programs

Positive Engagement to Build Upon

  • Keep the conversation going to raise awareness and continue to bring people together
  • Administrators listening to students
  • Asset-based approaches should continue

Actions for Further Progress

Institution Level

  • Incentivize and reward DEI work
  • Cultivate transformative justice systems to address harm (I.e., microaggressions)
  • Focus on leadership as a catalyst for change
  • Set expectations that DEI is everyone’s priority
  • Clear systems for proactivity and response to issues
  • Provide instructional improvements/supportive systems/Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Community Level

  • Build spaces for empowering student voice and systems for feedback looks and continuous improvement
  • Ask faculty to focus on student needs in the moment and need staff support to do so
  • Launch leadership training and development

Individual Level

  • Show up and do the work
  • Build more practices to meet students’ needs
  • Do more to promote inclusivity and build community in the classroom

Roundtable participants shared that we could do a better job of living out our mission when it comes to pedagogy and curriculum in learning spaces. Participants shared that this especially pertains to ensuring that our instructional practices are inclusive of the lived experiences of our learners. Specific actions mentioned by participants include incentivizing DEI work and expanding supports for systemic change and professional development.

Challenges Based on Lived Experiences

  • Unclear systems for faculty regarding how they can remediate issues that don’t violate the comprehensive policy
  • Students drop classes because of harm
  • Lack of awareness in how University practices intimidate students from lower socioeconomic and working-class backgrounds
  • Barriers to family engagement
  • Lack of faculty training to support students or having difficult conversations about what is going on in society
  • The need for common definitions/lexicon
  • Resources for underrepresented groups
  • Lack of pipelines for diversity from undergrad to graduate programs

Positive Engagement to Build Upon

  • Keep the conversation going to raise awareness and continue to bring people together
  • Administrators listening to students
  • Asset-based approaches should continue