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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.


August 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

Engaging students in conversations around diversity and inclusion requires awareness and competence that instructors must work at. In moments where vulnerability, values, and differences can emerge in discussions, it is vital to understand the various nuances and practices that can either help or harm the community in the class setting. This session will outline strategies and best practices for instructors to best respond when confronting what can be very delicate conversations.

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

With a few simple adjustments, your Microsoft Word and PowerPoint course materials can better fit the universal design concept. These best practices can help you and, most importantly, your students access, navigate, and understand your class content. Start here to lead towards habits of developing inclusive material for all of your students. Handouts and valuable links to additional resources will be provided. Bring your devices for a hands-on training experience! 

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

September 2019 2019

The need for today’s instructors to develop or deepen their capacity to facilitate effective discussions about race and racism in the classroom has never been greater; yet, many of us were never given explicit instructional strategies for effectively cultivating meaningful discussions on race. Nonetheless, the prevailing forces of demographic change in the U.S. (as well as resistance to that change) will directly tie our students’ future success to their ability to deploy a set of resources, conceptual tools, and racial vocabularies to name, discuss, and address shifting manifestations of race/ism at multiple levels (e.g. individual, institutional, cultural). In this workshop, participants will explore two different yet complementary definitions of racial literacy and their relevance to the classroom. In addition, we’ll cover strategic community-building as a requisite for facilitating meaningful conversations and explore why “straight talk” about race/ism can be difficult in the absence of commitments to both candidness and vulnerability. In addition to acquiring useful tips and resources, participants will garner insights and strategies derived from our shared experiences engaging in this work.

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

What if we treated dialect as a benefit rather than a burden? Building on students’ home dialects using an additive approach increases confidence and motivation, thus facilitating successful use of written academic English. This workshop will allow instructors to identify the specific knowledge gaps that impact students’ success in developing the repertoires needed to write in academic genres. Attendees will identify their knowledge about dialect and the impact that knowledge has on student writing . Also, the relationships between dialect, usage, and style and their implications on pedagogy will be presented. Most importantly, there will be opportunities to create sample assignments and in-class activities that facilitate instructor assessment and student learning. 

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.   Register

In this interactive workshop, participants will discuss ways to make their classrooms more inclusive of trans and nonbinary students. We will cover specific tips for inclusive language practices, guidelines for the first day of class, and resources that are available for trans students on campus and in the community. We will collaboratively brainstorm strategies for dealing with a variety of situations that may arise in your classrooms. The goals of this session is to guide participants to think about issues that affect trans students, and to help instructors be prepared to support their trans students in the classroom.

This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence. Register

Who are the new students on campus this fall? This workshop will provide demographic and profile information on the new incoming students to the Columbia campus.

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

October 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 activities that will lead them 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 educational institutions.

This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.     Register

Do classroom discussions seem static each semester? Are the same few students always participating? Would you like to foster more diverse discussions, both in terms of content and participants? This interactive workshop shares strategies and techniques designed to foster more vibrant classroom dialogue and increased student participation in a civil and inclusive environment. It also addresses our own viewpoints as instructors and how these affect classroom discussions by either inspiring or stifling student participation. The workshop will conclude with an informal question-and-answer session focused on specific issues participants have encountered or may face in their teaching as they encourage engaging, constructive, and diverse discussions. 

This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.   Register

All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the tenth annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Russel House University Union.  Join colleagues from across USC campuses for this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching.

The Oktoberbest schedule has a wide variety of workshops on topics ranging from active learning and online course development to critical thinking and integrative learning. The event will include:

  • Breakfast with our keynote speaker
  • Choice of Concurrent Sessions presented by your colleagues at USC
  • Closing reception featuring door prizes and traditional Oktoberfest fare

Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at USC, but is not open to the general public.  Register

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.

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

Do you want to improve how you support LGBTQ+ students in your classroom? During this student-centered workshop, we will discuss LGBTQ+ scenarios through different stages of a course: before, during, and after the semester. By the end of this workshop, you will engage with practical approaches for creating and maintaining an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students in your classroom.

We recommend participating in a Safe Zone workshop prior to this session, but it is not required. Please sign up through the professional development portal of the Human Resources website to sign-up for the Safe Zone workshop.

This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.  Register

We will expand on the first session and engage participants in additional activities that will lead them to a heightened level awareness around systemic oppression and privilege. In addition, we will discuss concepts like implicit bias and give participants resources and tools to help them to become more equity-focused educators. 

This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.   Register

November 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 

Globalization, technology, and common language have certainly made it much easier to share information and research in the 21st century, however, not all of our definitions of sharing are the same! When we talk about Academic Integrity in the classroom and what kinds of 'helps' are appropriate - proper citation of sources in writing and research, doing homework and projects together, using the internet to help with presentations and projects - there are different definitions and expectations from Beijing to Bogota to Birmingham.

Countries differ regarding what information is considered to 'public' and 'proprietorial'. Ideas about what it means to help friends and family members be successful also vary greatly. High Context and Low Context cultures differ in what it means to honor those in positions of authority by using their materials. Participants will discuss these cultural differences and values and seek to explore ways to raise awareness for both students and faculty on this important topic.  Register

With a few simple adjustments, your Microsoft Word and PowerPoint course materials can better fit the universal design concept. These best practices can help you and, most importantly, your students access, navigate, and understand your class content. Start here to lead towards habits of developing inclusive material for all of your students. Handouts and valuable links to additional resources will be provided. Bring your devices for a hands-on training experience!

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

Do you wish you knew how to meet the needs of the international students in your classes while also improving the experience of your domestic students? The international student population is rapidly increasing at USC, and with this increase comes some notable benefits to our university, our domestic students, and the overall classroom climate. These students typically have very strong motivation to succeed but very specific challenges that make classroom content more difficult to access and professor expectations more difficult to understand and meet. In this workshop, you will learn about the difficulties that international students typically experience and tips on how to facilitate their learning. Participants will develop a plan for making their course content more accessible to international students while also enhancing learning for their domestic students.

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

 


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