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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.

*Special Notice*

In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance at CTE workshops and events, CTE requires that registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register.  If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available in a single location with a single account and login. 

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August 2022

Have you ever thought about making your course materials more inclusive in Blackboard? Dip your toe in the water of Universal Design for Learning by learning about student accommodations, including exceptions for test and assignment submissions, and discover the alternative formats automatically available to your students through Blackboard Ally. A few simple changes could make a huge difference in your students’ level of engagement and success in your course.  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, Equity 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 session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.   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 will introduce participants to the decolonization movement and demonstrate how it can be applied to our curricula and pedagogy.

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

September 2022

Online courses are becoming increasingly popular at UofSC. As we move toward offering more online courses, students with disabilities may get left behind. Online course accessibility is important as we extend our reach and course offerings to a variety of students near and far. Join this presentation to discuss 7+ tips for creating an accessible online course. After attending the presentation, you will be able to identify and utilize accessibility techniques and strategies in your online courses.

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

Students with a broader social capital are more likely to receive better jobs and higher salaries compared to those who lack social capital and connections. Students of color, first-generation, lower-income, and underrepresented minorities are more likely to lack social capital. As faculty, staff, and individuals who care about students, it is important to understand the need for social capital and find ways to assist in our student social capital development.

Social Capital is one's network. Each relationship is a social currency. Students should invest in their social capital as much as they invest in financial capital. Mentors are an essential part of social capital. Mentor's role is vital to student success and helping them reach the highest potential. Students need to seek mentors who can take them under their wing to inspire and help them develop.

Outcomes of the Session

  • Importance of social capital for students
  • Importance of Mentorship for students
  • How can student develop mentorship relationships
  • How can students find mentors through UofSC Mentorship Hub   Register

History and basics of Digital Accessibility.

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

October 2022

This workshop will begin with a brief overview of equitable teaching practices in STEM and how those relate to instructor responses to microaggressions. The majority of the time will be spent in small group discussions to devise responses to a variety of scenarios involving microaggressions in STEM classrooms and departments. The workshop will conclude with summarizing positive steps instructors can take to help their classrooms be more welcoming spaces for all students.

BYO (Bring Your Own) Lunch

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

This presentation will cover an ethnographic study of a hip hop-based music education program for students within elementary school classrooms. Drawing on two years of fieldwork in two urban schools, this case study describes how hip-hop song composition encouraged participants to make essential and critical reflections about media’s place in their personal lives, peer groups, families and communities. The findings of this study suggest that the social and cultural capital of making hip hop music can contribute to bolstering academic learning for Black youth. Implications from this study also suggest informal interests and social identities rooted in inclusive practices like hip hop music can connect youth to high-capacity technological skills, civic-mindedness and critical media literacy that can transcend the classroom experience.

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

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching. All UofSC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to attend this free, in-person, one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching. At Oktoberbest you'll hear innovative teaching ideas and best practices implemented by your colleagues at UofSC. This teaching symposium features engaging and informative presentations on innovative approaches to teaching, assessments, course design, creative student learning opportunities, and successful implementation of new strategies and best practices.

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

In this workshop, graduate students will learn about Imposter Phenomenon (IP) and techniques they can use to address the phenomenon. In particular, participants will gain insight regarding those individuals especially vulnerable to IP, triggers of IP, and the importance of forming community to help deal with IP. Workshop discussions and activities will help students gain a better understanding of how IP may be impacting their graduate school experience, develop an action plan to mitigate the effects of IP, and help participants begin to build community within and across graduate programs.  Register

November 2022

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, Equity 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 session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.  Register

 


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