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Diversity in the classroom

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.


August 2018

A whole generation of students has been labeled as "Entitled," and seeming lacks the resilience to do what is required to successfully navigate college without significant support from parents, administrators, professors and college staff.  Understanding the cultural and generational that have contributed to their perspective can help us gain a new perspective as well. Participants will walk through common scenarios with contemporary college students in ways that help us to keep our cool and support them into adulating success.  Register

September 2018

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

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 designed to provide all who teach the opportunity to learn more about the academic requirements, achievements, accountability and expectations of  student-athletes. It will also provide those who teach resources and tips to ensure that student-athletes are engaged in their academic learning and the support available to faculty while teaching student-athletes.  Register

Accelerated Study Plans. Winter Session. Full-time students in the Summer Semester! Come learn how the Office of On Your Time Initiatives in the Provost's Office is helping students graduate on time (and even early!) by taking advantage of multiple opportunities for degree progression. Learn how you and your department can encourage students to stay on track, how you can provide flexible opportunities to assist students in their degree completion and how other areas of the university are here to help YOU as you help your STUDENTS.  Register

Do you have plans to develop and implement globally-themed content into your course? Are you interested in the International Education Week Faculty Mini-Grant? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn what is included in a globalized course design and how to implement these themes through incorporation of global content in your learning objectives, activities and assignments.  Register

This interactive workshop will overview strategies to engender queer visibility in the classroom. First, we will use the lens of queer pedagogy to identify and unpack how our educational practices as faculty normalize and reproduce hetero and cisnormativity. Then, we will discuss some strategies for how queer pedagogy can inform our teaching practices. The workshop will be concluded with an informal question-and-answer session focused on the challenges and messiness faced when implementing these practices.  Register

October 2018

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

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

We invite faculty, staff, and students to join us for a interesting discussion on how to have open and mutually respected conversations in the classroom. In this workshop, students, faculty and staff will explore expectations on classroom discussion, especially when the topic may be one where there are many opposing viewpoints. We hope to help find common ground on how we converse and engage with one another respectfully. We value your opinion, and hope that you’ll join this lively discussion with facilitators and participants. We’ll have a free lunch for everyone!  Register

November 2018

Are USC undergraduate student attitudes, priorities and behaviors different from what you are accustomed? International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) must learn to interpret and handle American students' actions appropriately, but seldom have the opportunity for this learning before stepping into the classroom. This workshop and discussion is designed to provide graduate students with the chance to discuss some of the difficulties they might have encountered in American academic culture. This is not a lecture – workshop participants will identify peculiar aspects of American academic life that s/he has encountered, discuss similarities and differences in ideas, beliefs, or expectations with other participants, and develop a deeper understanding of the role culture plays in academic behavior. This workshop is open to all nationalities, not just International graduate students.  Register

The Carolina Intercultural Training focuses on understanding cross-cultural communication styles and exploring strategies for increasing intercultural competence. The workshop includes information, activities, and discussion to help navigate common miscommunications between cultures both in the office and classroom setting. Participants will leave the workshop better equipped to provide and promote an inclusive environment on campus for all international Gamecocks. Those who complete this workshop will receive an “International Friendly Zone” card.

Why should you attend?

  • To increase intercultural competency for the office and classroom
  • To explore and compare cultural models
  • To gain tools to navigate common cultural misunderstandings
  • To prepare for your future career

With any questions about the program, feel free to contact Julie Medlin at medlin3@mailbox.sc.edu.  Register

First Generation College students are now, more than ever before, a recognized segment of the student population on university campuses. Have you, as an instructor/professor pondered about the best ways to engage these students who are the first in their families to attend a four year college? In this interactive workshop, Florencia Cornet will share her experience teaching First Generation College Students, and provide you with tips and strategies on how to cultivate an effective pedagogical style to support high performance and retention of First Generation College Students.

Participants will explore interactive approaches, integrative curriculum design, active and collaborative teaching-learning styles and inclusive strategies for teaching First Generation College students. The session will conclude with an informal question-and-answer session focused on participants' take away for their own classrooms.  Register

December 2018

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