Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Seminar

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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
DIT utilizes specific, proven-effective pedagogical approaches and techniques from IGR’s 4-stage Intergroup Dialogue model (“The Michigan Model”) including how to:

  • create a brave and engaged space for students and instructors to explore social identities, privilege and oppression; 
  • recognize and respond to dominant narratives using multipartiality and counternarratives; and
  • productively surface and explore conflict related to power and social identities.

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 Thursdays 2:00pm-5:00 pm EST (1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25) via Zoom. 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

Preference is given to applicants who:

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

  • will be graduating before Fall 2021

  • 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