Tools for Inclusive Teaching
Welcome to the USC Rossier resource page for inclusive teaching! This page was developed by the USC Rossier School of Education to help faculty across all courses and programs (at USC and at other institutions around the globe) better teach the concepts of diversity.
Diversity is one of the four pillars of our school’s mission and values, and is intended to be integrated across all curriculum and student experiences.
Teaching diversity can be challenging, particularly concepts like privilege, identity and consciousness raising. Our goal is to unpack these sensitive topics and identify ways to address them.
How to Use This Page
The resources on the Tools for Inclusive Teaching page help faculty provide readings for courses, and can also be used as activities and resources in class.
This page is organized around different facets of diversity – gender, sexual orientation, race, social class, disabilities and the like. We hope that these resources help provide a platform to highlight the complexity of diversity in all of its various forms.
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Inclusive Teaching Strategies
- Seven Effective Ways to Promote Equity in the Classroom (USC Rossier)
- Creating Inclusive College Classrooms (University of Michigan)
- Creating a Positive Classroom Climate for Diversity (UCLA)
- Faculty Resources for Inclusive Teaching (University of Virginia Commonwealth University)
- Guide for Inclusive Teaching (Columbia University)
- Identifying and Responding to Bias Incidents (Teaching Tolerance)
- Increasing Inclusivity in the Classroom (Vanderbilt University)
- Inclusive teaching (Harvard University)
Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity
- Racial Equity in Education: Seven Key Points (USC Rossier)
- Perceptions of Faculty Behavior by Students of Color (University of Michigan)
- Diversity and Complexity in the Classroom: Considerations of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (UC Berkeley)
- Working to Improve Schools and Education (WISE) – African American Experiences of Race and Racism in U.S. School (Ithaca College)
- Gender Equity in Education: Eight Ways to Reduce Bias (USC Rossier)
- Working to Improve Schools and Education – Gender Issues (Ithaca College)
- Working to Improve Schools and Education (WISE) – Sexual Orientation (Ithaca College)
- 20 Tips for Accessibility (University of Washington)
- Accessibility in E-Learning (Virgina Commonwealth University)
- Closed Captioning: Why and How? (Virginia Commonwealth University)
- Creating Accessible Learning Environments (Vanderbilt)
- Universal Design for Learning (CAST)
- Arab American and Muslim Culture, Experiences, and Issues (Ithaca College)
- Understanding and Promoting Religious Pluralism on College Campuses (UCLA)
USC On-Campus Resources
- USC Rossier School of Education
- USC Center for Excellence in Teaching
- USC Center for Excellence in Teaching – Teaching Resources
- Office of Religious and Spriritual Life
- Diversity at USC
- USC Office of the Ombuds
- USC School of Social Work Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- USC Vision and Voices
Additional Web Resources
- Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
- Harvard University
- PBS Learning Media (Videos and Links)
- Teaching Tolerance
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of California – Berkeley
- University of Michigan
- University of Washington (Do-It)
- University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
- University of Virginia
- University of Minnesota
- Vanderbilt University
Articles on Inclusive Teaching
Laura L.B. Border and Nancy Van Note Chism, Editors, New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 1992, Volume 49
Adams, M. Cultural Inclusion in the American College Classroom.
Anderson, J.; Adams, M. Acknowledging the Learning Styles of Diverse Student Populations: Implications for Instructional Design.
Border, L.; Chism, N. The Future is Now: A Call for Action and List of Resources.
Collett, J.; Serrano, B. Stirring It Up: The Inclusive Classroom.
Maher, F.; Tetreault, M. Inside Feminist Classrooms: An Ethnographic Approach.
Sadker, M.; Sadker, D. Ensuring Equitable Participation in College Classes.
Schmitz, B.; Paul, P.; Greenberg, J. Creating Multicultural Classrooms: An Experience-Derived Faculty Development Program.
Vom Saal, D.; Jefferson, D.; Morrison, M. Improving the Climate: Eight Universities Meet the Challenges of Diversity.
Maurianne Adams, Editor, New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 1992, Volume 52
Curtis, M.S.; Herrington, A.J., Diversity in Required Writing Courses.
Hardiman, R.; Jackson, B., Racial Identity Development: Understanding Racial Dynamics in College Classrooms and on Campus.
Hunt, J.A., Monoculturalism to multiculturalism: Lessons from Three Public Universities.
Marchesani, L.; Adams, M., Dynamics of Diversity in the Teaching-Learning Process: A Faculty Development Model for Analysis and Action.
Noronha, J., International and Multicultural Education: Unrelated Adversaries or Successful Partners?
Schmitz. B., Cultural Pluralism and Core Curricula.
Weinstein, G.; Obear, K., Bias Issues in the Classroom: Encounters with the Teaching Self.