Co-sponsored by CETL and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), this three-part workshop series is a professional development opportunity aimed at preparing instructors to effectively teach UWM’s diverse student body. Instructors who complete the workshop series will further their understanding of how to apply inclusive teaching practices in their course design and classroom management. They will be prepared to:
- explain how their own and their students’ identities impact teaching and learning
- facilitate classroom activities that promote equitable participation and a sense of belonging among students
- write an inclusive course syllabus
- design assignments that effectively support and assess student learning
These workshops are an updated version of the “Teaching for Multicultural Inclusion and Equity” program offered in 2019–2020. “Inclusive Teaching Toward Justice” (ITTJ) builds on UWM’s Racial Justice and Equity Program by focusing on how inclusive teaching can contribute to UWM’s goal of becoming a more radically welcoming and equitable campus.
Registration is open to all UWM instructors — faculty, academic staff, graduate TAs, and adjuncts — in all disciplines.
This event is partially funded via Academic Staff Group Professional Development Awards.
Session 1: Teaching and Learning through the lens of Social Identities
This session offers a brief introduction to inclusive teaching goals and underlying values, emphasizing how this teaching approach benefits all students and especially those from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. The session also focuses on social identities and how identity is relevant to teaching and learning.
Session 2: Building Inclusive Classroom Communities
This session addresses two components of how instructors can foster inclusive classroom communities. First, building on the previous session’s focus on identity and diversity, we consider how each student’s sense of belonging (or not) in the classroom can impact their engagement and learning. Second, we consider the significance of conflict in the classroom and discuss proactive and responsive ways of engaging conflict constructively.
Session 3: Inclusive Course and Assignment Design
This session focuses on practical ways of implementing inclusive design—which can range from course planning and syllabus creation, to designing specific assignments or classroom learning activities. How do we provide students with, on the one hand, the structure and transparency they need to meet expectations, and on the other hand, enough flexibility to support their own agency and growth in learning?
ITTJ formats and schedule
Currently, ITTJ is offered as synchronous workshops during the Summer and Fall terms. Each workshop session is offered in two modalities—in-person lunch meetings and virtual meetings via Zoom—so participants can choose the attendance option that suits their needs. An accompanying Canvas course site provides preparatory materials, online activities, and further resources to supplement each workshop session and permit attendees to earn a digital badge of completion if they choose.
Work is also underway to create a fully self-paced, online version of ITTJ.
Fall 2023 schedule — registration now available!
Attend in-person lunch meetings on Wednesdays, 12–2pm, OR attend virtually on Thursdays, 10am–12pm.
Session 1: Oct. 11 (in person) OR Oct. 12 (virtual)
Session 2: Oct. 25 (in person) OR Oct. 26 (virtual)
Session 3: Nov. 8 (in person) OR Nov. 9 (virtual)