Tools for Inclusive Teaching

January 16, 2020

The USC Rossier Faculty Council’s Equity and Inclusion Committee is charged with: supporting dialogue with faculty about issues of diversity and equity, and seeking faculty input about new and ongoing priorities; working with faculty search committees to help develop a diverse candidate pool; and assisting the dean’s office, faculty council, and concentration chairs in faculty mentoring.


Welcome to the resources for teaching and learning diversity! This page was developed by the diversity committee of the USC Rossier School of Education in order to help faculty across all courses and in all programs better teach the concepts of diversity. Diversity is one of the four pillars of our School’s mission and values and is supposed to be integrated across all the curriculum and student experiences. The resources below help faculty in this effort and provide not just readings for course, but also activities and resources to use in classes.

Diversity can be challenging, particularly concepts like privilege, identity and consciousness raising. We provide a focus on challenging topics that emerge and help identify ways to address these challenge areas.

The site is organized so the many facets of diversity can be explored in courses – gender, sexual orientation, race, social class, disabilities and the like. We hope that these varying resources help provide the platform to teach diversity in complex and multi-faceted ways.

We hope this can be a resource for not only the school but also our partners across the globe as they think about and teach concepts of diversity in various disciplines and school contexts.

Want to create more equitable learning environments? Find out how our doctoral programs prepare you to drive change.

Inclusive Teaching Strategies

Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity

Gender Issues

Sexual Orientation


Religious Diversity

USC On-Campus Resources

Additional Web Resources

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.