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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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October 2021

All learners have varying needs and abilities. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) employs a variety of instructional methods to eliminate barriers to learning and offer all students opportunities for learning success. This interactive webinar presents the impact of accessibility and the integration of tools and resources that facilitate multi-modal learning for everyone, along with proven strategies for implementing accessibility and multi-modal learning into physical and digital classroom environments.

Participants will compare foundational concepts of universal design (UD), universal access (UA), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); apply principles of UD, UA, and UDL to access the abilities of all students; and review instructional and assistive technologies as tools to facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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

If you know me, you can teach me. This interactive presentation will explore issues of diversity, engagement and how every teacher must first, be willing to be the student. We will further consider how concepts of race, ethnicity, class, gender and culture intersect in school curriculum. Participants will be provided with viable tools and strategies that can be easily implemented to aid teachers in building relationships with students and gaining the positionality needed to learn from students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. To further understand the magnitude of being granted both the access and the acclaim of the title – Teacher.

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 12th Annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on 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.

All UofSC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to attend this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching. Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at UofSC, but is not open to the general public.  Register

November 2021

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

Nearly 20 years of war against terrorism has been sustained by a small, volunteer force. As a result, military veterans tend to be placed on two ends of a spectrum in attempts to honor such service. On one end is the hero archetype and on the other is the broken archetype. At the same time, veteran benefits and resources have increased over the same time in order to attract and retain military affiliated students. Rather than focusing on the barriers in higher education this workshop will highlight the opportunities and resources unique to these students.

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

Join us for a panel discussion with student veterans. Like most endeavors, serving in the military is a very subjective experience. Not all veterans go to war and those who do may not be negatively affected by it. After their time in the military ends, many veterans transition into education or training programs. There are hundreds of veterans, at all levels, on the U of SC Columbia campus alone. Come engage with a few of them about their education experiences and also meet the staff who support them.

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 more than 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

Non-native writers of English study in all departments at USC and writing is often used as a way to demonstrate learning. In this workshop, attendees will evaluate the learning outcomes for their course and investigate what can and cannot be measured through writing, as well as challenges that are unique to non-native writers. The workshop will include an overview of cultural and proficiency related aspects of non-native writing and writing instruction, as well as ways that non-native writing errors are most effectively addressed. Attendees will also learn techniques for conferencing with non-native writers, setting achievable and reasonable expectations for non-native writers without compromising learning outcomes and connecting non-native writers with the resources available at USC that are designed to help them.

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

When considering buzz words such as diversity, culture and multilingualism, have you ever stopped to reflect on how these terms are connected to your own life? Have you ever wondered about the students in your future classrooms and how their unique backgrounds will impact the methods you engage in teaching and learning with not only those them but their first teachers as well, their families? This presentation will delve into these concepts and leave the participants more aware of barriers, assets and ways to engage diverse children and families in education.

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

 


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