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The Inclusive Classroom

The inclusive classroom allows each student to feel safe and encouraged to express their thoughts without the concern of marginalization or discrimination. Instructors of an inclusive classroom:

  • Set clear expectations of behavior and engagement early
  • Know each student’s preferred name
  • Recognize and challenge personal assumptions of a student’s abilities because of a real or perceived identity
  • Include multiple and varied perspectives to present course content
  • Respond to students’ need for accommodation because of a disability
  • Encourage dialogue between students
  • Respond immediately to bias related language or actions
  • Avoid asking students to speak on behalf of an identity group based upon a real or perceived identity
  • Pay attention to when cultural norms, beliefs, or habits may be influencing interpersonal communication between students and/or between student(s) and instructors
  • Utilize a variety of pedagogy to respect a diversity of learning styles
  • Examine privilege and its effect on the classroom environment
  • Seek support of others to maximize student engagement and learning

Resource and for further reading:
Saunders, S. and Kardia, D. Creating Inclusive College Classroom