Include a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement on your syllabus
A syllabus is an early—often the very first—point of contact between you and your students. Thus, it helps to set the tone for the course and to introduce students to your teaching style and expectations. Including a DEI statement on your syllabus signals that you value diversity and are committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive learning environment. Such a statement may also articulate and model classroom behaviors you’d like students to practice as well.
Whether you craft your own DEI statement or adapt and use a statement someone else has created, it’s most important that the statement on your syllabus is a genuine reflection of your own teaching values and practices.
The Eberly Center at Carnegie Mellon University has created an excellent online guide to including a Diversity Statement on a Syllabus, with some fruitful reflection questions and suggestions, as well as a few sample statements.
As you’re developing your own DEI syllabus statement, it can be very helpful to read examples from others. See this page created by California State University’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for additional Syllabi Examples.