What Makes Teaching and Learning Inclusive?
On September 26th, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning welcomed Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Professor and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, for a talk titled “What Makes Teaching and Learning Inclusive?"
Addressing a group of close to 100 students, faculty and postdoctoral associates, Dr. Harper gave an overview of key concepts needed to understand the experience of students of color on campus, and suggested a number of concrete steps that faculty can take to make their teaching more inclusive of students from underrepresented groups and effective for all. He asked faculty to, among other things, be sensitive to the experience of “onlyness’, meaning when a student from an under-represented group is one or one of a few in a class; to appreciate the differences within racial minorities; to meaningfully integrate diverse perspectives into the course curriculum; and to responsibly address racial tensions in the classroom when they arise.
Co-sponsored by the Teagle Foundation, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and the Office of the Provost