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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.

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August 2020

This fall, international students in the US face unusual challenges. This webinar will address the range of challenges: travel-related, immigration-related, admission-related, linguistic, cultural, political. How might this reality affect international students in your classroom? Participants will discuss these constraints and ways to support international students in managing them in the USC classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Register

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the ADA, however, disabled students still face ableism and discrimination on a daily basis. This workshop explores student experiences on campus in the context of social justice, ableism, and how disability bias and microaggressions manifest in higher education and impact student success on campus.

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

September 2020

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 certificate of completion.  Register

Decolonizing your syllabus (and ultimately our entire curricula) requires looking outside of our discipline and the West to engage other scholarship and practices to build a foundation for what decolonization looks like.

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

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

Today, professionals and students alike are in contact with persons of various cultures, races, ethnicities, nationalities, generations and religions practically everywhere we go. We travel worldwide on business and for pleasure. We take classes with and work with persons from backgrounds that may be quite different from our own. Although we encounter many diverse persons on our travels and also at work and school and even in our own neighborhoods, do we actually connect with them? Are we truly able to communicate with them? How do we engage diverse persons rather than offend them inadvertently?

Many of us feel at a loss as to how to truly communicate with persons of a race, culture, ethnicity, generation, religion or nationality different from our own. Therefore, Effectively Communicating with Students and Colleagues Globally should help participants consider their own communication styles and then consider how they approach people who are different from them when attempting to communicate with them.

This workshop will be interactive with opportunities for attendees to participate in active learning in ways in which they learn best. Thus, this workshop will include content and learning activities for the visual learner, the auditory learner, and the kinesthetic learner. The workshop will end with an informal question-and-answer session.

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

The total number of undergraduate international students has tripled at UofSC since the start of the International Accelerator Program. This growing population has increased the diversity of your classrooms and has brought new opportunities and challenges as we have collectively sought to prepare all students at UofSC to enter a much more global workforce.

We’d like to tell you about the efforts we’ve made to make UofSC a more welcoming place for international students through curricular and co-curricular innovations accomplished in collaboration with departments across campus. We’d also like input from faculty members who have taught international students at UofSC – you have a unique perspective to share and we would greatly value your partnership as we continue to work towards comprehensive internationalization at UofSC.

How have international students contributed positively to your classroom? From your perspective, how do the needs of international students differ from those of domestic students? What professional development should we offer to faculty so that they are better equipped to meet these needs? What resources should we offer to students to ensure that they have adequate support to meet their unique needs? How might we engage international students and domestic students further to increase cultural exchange? How might we collaborate more with faculty to further internationalize the university?

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

October 2020

So, you’ve been hired to teach history, chemical engineering, or math. Now what? You know the subject matter inside and out. You know the academic cannon. But how do you teach it in a way that connects to your students’ lives? How do you pick relevant examples, or reorganize your syllabus to create engagement opportunities. When students feel included in the subject matter – when course material is described and discussed in ways that feels culturally and personally relevant– we all benefit as a campus community. Every one of us – students and faculty members alike – is responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion at UofSC, no matter the course or topic being studied.

These panelists describe the ways that they bring diversity into their respective classrooms – be it every day, or occasionally, in little ways. And they’ll provide a few tips that might help you, too.  After brief presentations, we’ll open it up for questions, ideas and insights from the audience.

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

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the Black Lives Matter protests that erupted in the United States and around the world, journalists are pondering how to cover seismic issues that include systemic racism, history and memory. In this workshop, how today's journalists are approaching these issues will be examined. The presenters will also look back at their years covering religion and civil rights in South Carolina to consider what they got right and what they may have missed as they wrote daily news stories.

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

Diversity isn’t just about race and ethnicity! This session will focus on increasing participants' level of understanding of the information needs of individuals who are considered “traditionally underserved.” Traditionally underserved populations include (but are not limited to) patrons who: have disabilities, are currently or formerly incarcerated, are English language learners, are homeless, are members of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered community. During this session, we’ll discuss the components of cultural competence, learn principles of inclusion for all students, and articulate strategies that can be implemented in the classrooms in order to provide more effective outreach to underserved students.

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

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 certificate of completion.  Register


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