Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms

 


An inclusive classroom environment starts with course and syllabus design, reaches through the day-to-day interactions, and extends all the way to assessment practices for student work. Below is a range of resources that will assist you in fostering inclusivity at every step of the way.

We are grateful to our colleagues in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, the Program on Intergroup Relations, the Comprehensive Studies Program, and many others for generously sharing inclusive teaching materials they have developed over years of practice for use on this website.

 

This guide explains what content and trigger warnings are, why they are important to include for inclusive classrooms, and how instructors can implement them.
This resource provides a primer for instructors to better understand and attend to the ways privilege operates in the classroom.

This resource provides a starting place for instructors to think through their own relationship to and experience of privilege and oppression.

This resource provides a primer for instructors to better meet the needs of transgender and non-binary students.
This resource explains stereotype threat, provides strategies for counteracting it, and directs instructors toward further resources.
This resource explains implicit bias and includes readings and recommendations for incorporating this concept into teaching strategies.

This resource offers inclusive sample language that can be adapted for any classroom syllabus.

The Inventory of Inclusive Teaching Strategies focuses on four course components: student-instructor interaction, student-student interaction, content, and instructional practices.

This resource details five general practices for building inclusivity in the classroom.
This resource explains how to use language and provide resources in your syllabus that create a welcoming and supportive environment for students who have experienced gender-based violence and sexual abuse.

 

This short document from the Commission for Social Justice Educators gives a concise description of strategies of multipartiality in discussion facilitation as a way to challenge dominant narratives that students have internalized and tend to reproduce in the classroom.
This resource offers samples of inclusive discussion guidelines.
This resource provides strategies for responding to “hot moments:” the sudden eruption of tension and conflict in classroom discussion.
The Inventory of Inclusive Teaching Strategies focuses on four course components: student-instructor interaction, student-student interaction, content, and instructional practices.
This resource is designed to help instructors manage the challenges of difficult classroom dialogue.
This resource details five general practices for building inclusivity in the classroom
These questions model the kinds of questions a discussion facilitator might ask students in order to prompt deeper engagement with challenging topics.

This page introduces the Jigsaw method and describes how to use it to encourage students to cultivate confidence in themselves and in each other using collaborative learning.

This page introduces the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), including background, goals, challenges, and ways to implement it in college classes.