Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Seminar

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online resource
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The Diversity and Inclusive Teaching (DIT) Seminar is co-developed by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) and The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), with support from Rackham Graduate School and IGR. In this five-week seminar participants have the opportunity to learn about and practice a range of effective facilitation strategies for use in U-M's classrooms. We will focus on pedagogical techniques that productively engage instructor and student identities and experiences in the learning process, as well as balance different voices and views. We will also discuss strategies for managing resistance and conflict in the classroom.

Seminar objectives

This seminar will survey a broad range of diversity and identity-related issues that present themselves in classrooms and other learning environments. The curriculum over the five weeks will explore how social identities and diversity impact student and instructor experiences. The seminar will explore issues related to:

  • the relationship between instructor identity and inclusive teaching

  • balancing power and participation in the classroom

  • strategies for working through potential “hot moments” and conflict

Participants will leave this seminar with concrete strategies for implementing change in their teaching contexts. Participants will also receive a certificate of training after completing all five sessions. 

The Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Seminar is held on Tuesdays 2:00pm-5:00pm (10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19) in Palmer Commons. Attendance at all five sessions is required and participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the seminar. Partial attendance will not count towards any other certificate program run by CRLT.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Due to limited space and high demand, we ask that you complete this short application by October 1, 2019, in order to be considered for participation in the seminar. You will receive notice of acceptance by October 14, 2019. Preference is given to applicants who:

  • are graduate students (postdocs will be considered based on availability)

  • will be graduating before Fall 2020

  • have previous teaching experience

  • have some foundational knowledge related to social identities, diversity, and inclusive teaching (e.g., attended previous workshops on inclusive teaching), and

  • are available and committed to attending all 5 sessions

If you have any questions about the seminar or application process, please contact the program directors, Dr. Tazin Daniels and Shana Schoem by email: ditseminar@umich.edu