Promoting an Inclusive Classroom
“Teaching Effectively in a Diverse University”
UIC is a minority-serving institution, a national leader among urban, public higher education institutions in providing access to racial minority students (59% of the undergraduate student population is racial minority). In 2013, UIC established a Student Success Initiative to enable more students to overcome barriers to academic success. A priority for this initiative is the promotion of a learning environment in which our extraordinarily diverse students fully reach their potential (e.g., achieve racial and ethnic parity in retention and graduation rates). In any disciplinary or interdisciplinary field, an important challenge for instructors is supporting the learning of all students despite their varied backgrounds and experiences.
The goal of this workshop was to provide direction for instructors in all fields to develop inclusive teaching practices in their courses. Participants explored research on creating inclusive classroom environments and how this impacted students’ learning. As a group, participants worked together to tackle difficult classroom scenarios and brainstorm ways to ensure that equity and inclusion are practiced within and across the multiple colleges at UIC.