Thinking about how to support the success of all students is vital to effective teaching. Practices that support the success of members of underrepresented groups include things such as active learning and supporting a growth mindset, practices that are helpful for the learning of all students. Additionally, understanding and appreciating student identities helps faculty and instructors support a diverse student body.
To start with:
- Examine assumptions we might hold about different populations, including our students.
- Convey a helpful attitude toward your students, setting positive expectations combined with a willingness to provide extra help to students in need.
- Intentionally create a community in which all students feel a sense of belonging and a willingness to engage in civil discourse.
- Encourage students to examine their own assumptions and become more informed, more sensitive, and more conscious about ethnic, racial, and gender issues, as well as other issues unique to a college population (for example, attitudes towards student athletes, nontraditional students, and students in different majors).
Strategies & Tools
Research shows that when students have a growth mindset, they are more likely to challenge themselves, believe that they can achieve more, and become stronger, more resilient and creative problem solvers. Educators can have an enormous impact on the mindset of their students.
Implicit Bias and Microaggressions
Implicit bias and microaggressions can significantly impact your students' ability to learn and succeed. We have gathered some helpful approaches to building a classroom culture that can minimize their negative effects.
Creating an inclusive learning environment includes being aware of how student identities can shape the experiences of students within classrooms.
Difficult conversations may also relate to student trauma and the question of trigger warnings. There have been a number of articles on this topic expressing a variety of views.
Blended & Online Learning Design (BOLD)
An open web resource illustrating strategies for designing inclusive learning environments.
Andrei Baltakmens, Ph.D. (he/him)
Communications Project Manager
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)