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Inclusive Teaching Strategies

Inclusive teaching strategies refer to teaching approaches that address the needs of students with varied and diverse backgrounds, modalities, and abilities. These strategies contribute to an overall inclusive learning environment in which students feel equally valued and creates a more positive teaching environment for faculty.

Implicit bias (aka racism) refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. It exists when we unconsciously hold attitudes towards others or associate stereotypes with them. An example: harboring negative stereotypes about others without consciously realizing it.

Be sure to check out this section on inclusive teaching strategies from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE).

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Microaggressions are subtle statements and behaviors that consciously or unconsciously communicate denigrating messages to individuals or groups based on some aspect of their identity. Here are definitions of three main types:

Micro-assaults: intentional and explicit derogatory verbal or non-verbal attacks.

Micro-insults: rude and insensitive subtle ‘put-downs’ of someone’s heritage or identity.

Micro-invalidations: remarks that diminish, dismiss, or negate the realities and histories of groups of people.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)