We hope you will join colleagues across the disciplines and schools for these upcoming events that address inclusive teaching and diversity in the classroom.
A year ago we received data from the SCU Climate Study
that concerned but didn’t surprise many of us. Students of color, first-generation students, students representing minority viewpoints, and students who experience other kinds of difference do not feel as welcome on our campus as we want them to. Moreover, they don’t feel welcome, in particular, in our classrooms.
The Climate Study data reinforces the SCU NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) data and what we have heard from students themselves in official and unofficial ways. The scholarship of teaching and learning shows us that the classroom environment (including students' sense of belonging
--that they are welcome, that the professor wants them to learn, that they are respected) has a profound impact on student learning
and on success after college
In response to this data, we began offering opportunities for conversation and learning around inclusive teaching, such as the Faculty Staff Learning Communities on Lisa Nunn’s 33 Simple Strategies for Teaching First-Year and First-Generation College Students
and the Faculty Community of Practice to Increase Learning Equity. This year, every new faculty member received a copy of Nunn’s book, and this quarter features more opportunities to learn about practices to build inclusion and respect in all of our classrooms.
Join us for discussion and learning!
Eileen Razzari Elrod
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Professor of English