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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 2020

Students, faculty, and instructors are consuming media at a rapid pace every day. How does the media that you and your students consume impact your classroom environment? In this workshop, we will look at the numerical reality of how race and gender are presented in the media, how that impacts our classroom environment, and discuss how you can incorporate topics focusing on media and diversity. We will also explore how to foster an environment where students feel comfortable engaging with hard topics in-class and compelled to share the information with others when they leave. 

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

February 2020

This interactive workshop analyzes principles of power in the classroom and how recognizing these principles can aid in encouraging brave dialogue. Participants will learn about, discuss and embody discourses of power in the classroom. They will have the opportunity to collaborate through discussing case studies to practice the strategies that were addressed in the workshop.

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

This workshop will discuss best practices and issues involved in teaching about sensitive topics, such as obscenity, sexual issues, etc. The goal is to share practical considerations including “war stories” and 'lessons learned' for instructors whose courses include such material. The focus is not on effective teaching techniques per se, but how to deal with the legal, ethical, and other considerations in presenting and discussing such material, while respecting both student sensitivities and free speech rights.

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence certificate of completionRegister

March 2020

The diversity in USC classrooms is rapidly increasing to include students from a range of countries and linguistic background. 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.

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

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.

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

When you pose a question to a large class and the correct answer is quickly returned from the front row, do you ever wonder if the average student could come up with that same answer? Do you wish that there were 100 clones of yourself available to go around the classroom to individually address the numerous possible sticking points for each student? This workshop will describe several teaching strategies that are recommended by the National Research Council based on the body of research examining undergraduate instruction.

Many of the recommended active learning approaches are challenging to incorporate with large classes. Recent efforts to adapt active learning into a large UofSC service classes will be described. Participants will discuss and collaborate in groups to craft a learning activity and the session will conclude with an informal discussion about implementing active learning in to diverse classroom settings.

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

Diversity, in many dimensions, creates opportunities in a mentoring relationship, but diversity can also be a source of challenges for mentors and mentees. Learning to identify, reflect upon, learn from, and engage with people who are different from ourselves is essential for fostering an effective mentoring relationship and a broader intellectual community.

This workshop will help you increase your own understanding of the role of diversity on mentor/mentee interactions, recognize the impact of conscious and unconscious preconceptions, biases, and prejudices, and identify concrete strategies for addressing issues of equity and inclusion.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Entering Mentoring Certificate of Completion.   Register 

April 2020

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

Diversity, in many dimensions, creates opportunities in a mentoring relationship, but diversity can also be a source of challenges for mentors and mentees. Learning to identify, reflect upon, learn from, and engage with people who are different from ourselves is essential for fostering an effective mentoring relationship and a broader intellectual community.

This workshop will help you increase your own understanding of the role of diversity on mentor/mentee interactions, recognize the impact of conscious and unconscious preconceptions, biases, and prejudices, and identify concrete strategies for addressing issues of equity and inclusion.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Entering Mentoring Certificate of Completion.  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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