Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Seminar

Five-part Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Seminar

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. It is a five-week seminar that provides participants an 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 student identity and experience in the learning process, as well as balance different voices and views. We will also discuss strategies for managing student resistance and conflict.

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 (1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26) 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 January 18th in order to be considered for participation the seminar. These applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so it is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before January 21st. Preference is given to applicants who: 

  • are graduate students (postdocs will be considered based on availability);
  • will be graduating in 2019;
  • 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 Dr. Shana Schoem by email: ditseminar@umich.edu

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