The University of Rhode Island is devoted to promoting evidence-based teaching strategies and approaches that create more equitable and inclusive environments where all learners can succeed. Every day, we walk together along our collective journey towards educational justice. In any discipline we teach, every day we can each take one little step that will make a difference.
What Is Teaching with Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion?
This section aims to offer a place to start when thinking through how to redesign or create our courses and curricula to be more equitable, intentionally integrate diverse cultures and perspectives, and make teaching decisions that enable all students to achieve meaningful learning. One of the first steps along this process is self-awareness and self-reflection: we grow as critically inclusive educators by engaging in continuous dialogue with our students and ourselves.
The resources below provide a variety of interconnected entry points and possible next steps to consider in fostering justice within our teaching spaces. Please start with one that works for your class, share your stories, and join the conversation.
Strategies & Techniques
Antiracist & decolonizing pedagogy
As educators, we have the opportunity to shape our teaching spaces and the experiences of our learners. We offer these resources to support the work and journey of anti-racism as we all take it together.
Climate & Sense of Belonging
Creating an inclusive classroom begins with acknowledging our students enter your classroom with diverse perspectives, experiences, and approaches to learning.
Difficult Dialogue? Be Brave & Real!
How can we help our students and ourselves engage in honest, courageous, and critically reflective dialogue when engaging complex topics in our classroom?
Diversity and Inclusion in General Education
To help faculty with the design of their courses, ATL provides support for course design and delivery. These resources are to support courses meet the diversity and inclusion general education requirement.
Grading for Equitable Learning
Powerful possibilities open up when considering how we might embrace strategies that reduce anxiety, increase transparency, encourage consistently meaningful learning, and therefore foster educational justice.
Deeper dives provide opportunities for reflection and transformation around a specific topic for faculty to adapt, implement, and assess evidence-based strategies in their courses. Events include self-paced “courses”, high impact seminars, faculty institutes, and other special programs. Like any focused experience, these provide gains depended upon the time and introspection given to them. The times for self-paced courses are a broad estimate.
ATL Course: Trauma-informed pedagogy
A self-paced ATL Conversation is a collection of resources you can explore and engage with on Brightspace. You will have the option to engage in the creation and information curation process as our learning on the topic and needs of our community continue to evolve. This is a conversation for you and guided by you.
Columbia on EdX: Inclusive Teaching-Supporting All Students in the College Classroom
Inclusive teaching is an issue that has received increased attention on college campuses around the country and around the world. Understanding how course climate impacts students and their learning is increasingly important to faculty and administrators alike across a wide range of educational contexts.
HIT Seminar: Ethics Throughout the Curriculum
Would you like your students to: Identify ethical questions related to your discipline? Critically participate in discussions on those questions? Evaluate reasons and arguments for ethical positions? Articulate and reflect on their own positions about what is right or wrong? Consider different perspectives on ethical issues related to your course? If you answered YES to one or more of these, the Ethics Throughout the Curriculum Seminar is for you!
HIT Seminar: Researching Across the Disciplines
Would you like your students to: Go beyond Google searches? Ask better research questions? Move from passive knowledge consumers to active knowledge creators? Assess credibility in a changing information world? Understand the value of citing their sources? If you answered YES to one or more of these, the Researching Across the Disciplines Seminar is for you!
HIT Seminar: Teaching for Learning
Would you like to see more students achieve significant learning in your courses? Do you have students engaged in “shallow” learning strategies (e.g. cramming)? Do you want more students to come to class prepared? Do you want students to be more active in the classroom but still cover important course content? If you answered YES to one or more of these, the Teaching for Learning Seminar is for you!
Teaching for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion extends to the syllabus shared with students.
MIT on EdX: Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices
Every day, teachers make thousands of decisions: what content to teach, what activities to assign, who to call on, how to respond to a student question, how to react to student behavior. ... In this course, we will investigate these interactions, rehearse responding to difficult scenarios, and develop a set of equity teaching mindsets and practices to support all of our learners, especially underserved students.