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Diversity and Inclusivity

How do you best reach all of your students, whatever their background or experiences? How do you create a classroom environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all? We have several workshops and events this semester to help.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.

 
January 2019

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University's effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion. Register

February 2019

An instructor can often make small changes to his or her documents and presentations to make them more inclusive and accessible by all students. Bring your own mobile device for this hands-on session to learn best practices to make your course materials more usable by all students.  Register

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE)certificate of completion.

The diversity in USC classrooms is rapidly increasing to include students from a range of countries and linguistic backgrounds. With all of the benefits that come from having a global classroom, there are challenges that are presented by this shift. As students try to succeed in a language that they do not natively speak and in a country where the cultural differences can be confusing and overwhelming, these challenges often come to light in the classroom. This session will give you 10 key tips for ensuring that your international students successfully learn the material and meet your expectations in the classroom.  Register

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.

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This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE)certificate of completion.  

With this vicious political divides in the U.S., it is tempting to avoid divisive topics in the classroom. But such issues are extremely relevant to our students, and to understanding the modern world. This workshop will study techniques and strategies to address controversial topics in our courses, while at the same time maintaining an atmosphere of civility and open expression of ideas. Register

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.  

The Horizon 2017 report encourages faculties at colleges and universities to adopt effective instructional strategies that their K- 12 colleagues have adopted and used. A portion of these approaches include culturally- relevant and culturally- responsive teaching. Although effective instructors incorporate these practices in multiple formats and within diverse contexts, participating faculty members and graduate teaching assistants must consider behaviors and issues to which they might be applied. In this interactive workshop, the presenter will engage participants in a “lived experience” that will serve as a basis for reflection. There will be multiple opportunities for discussions and questions throughout and at the end of the presentation. Register

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion. 

Wondering why you can't seem to reach all of your students? Finding it difficult to engage a diverse set of learners in your online or hybrid courses? Research shows that many common educational and social practices reinforce inequities and work against the success of students from underrepresented groups. Let's unpack why this might happen and work together to develop solutions to engage all learners in our courses - with a particular focus on online instruction.  Register

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion. 

March 2019

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University's effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.  Register

This workshop is a required workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.  

While the first day of class can be a boring read-through of policies and assignments for some students, for others, it sets the tone for whether this class will be a safe learning environment or a potential minefield of obstacles and insensitivities. Including diverse perspectives from scholars in the course curriculum is important; welcoming diverse perspectives from students in course contributions is equally, if not more, so. Positive affect is key to learning, and including welcoming language in the syllabus that signals openness, flexibility, and empathy is the first step to creating this climate in the classroom.  Register

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.    

Stuttering is recognized as a disability within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Stuttering affects 1% of the adult population, which means that over 3 million Americans stutter. This also means that about 350 USC students (and another 60+ faculty and staff) stutter. People who stutter are commonly misunderstood, often overlooked or marginalized, and are sometimes the victims of discrimination. Because the classroom is a place to exchange ideas, stuttering can present real challenges to both students and teachers. This workshop will shed light on this curious condition, and will offer helpful suggestions to manage stuttering from both sides of the learning process.  Register

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments

April 2019

This session will discuss our roles as institutional actors/representatives in disrupting oppressive forces that are pervasive in society and within institutions. During this session, we bring participants to a heightened level of awareness around historical and contemporary institutional oppression, and we discuss the socialization process and how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to the perpetuation of all forms of oppression, specifically racism. In addition, we discuss how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to disparate academic and social outcomes and can also lead to an unhealthy identity development for all.

The ultimate objective of this session is to engage participants in a conversation that could lead to a heightened critical consciousness around systemic oppression and privilege. We will also discuss concepts like implicit bias and give participants resources and tools to aid them in beginning their own journey toward becoming equity-focused agents of change within our various institutions.  Register

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.  

Have you noticed that the number of Chinese students has increased during the past three years at USC? With the growth of this new demographic at USC, have you wanted to learn more about how to effectively meet the needs of these students in the classroom?

Attendees will learn about how the experience of Chinese students in high school typically differs from that of American students and how that can affect students' expectations and success. They will also learn about the key linguistic challenges and cultural differences that can make instructor communication harder to understand and key ways to help Chinese students succeed. The session will conclude with a cross-departmental panel of experts on Chinese culture, along with ample time to share experiences and discuss how to meet the specific needs and challenges that have been encountered.  
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This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments