Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

While TEFD seeks to integrate issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all programming, the items below focus primarily on these issues.

Programs with Faculty Funding

TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity)

Through this year-long fellowship program, faculty explore how they can enhance students’ learning and academic success across cultural, social, and learning differences by adopting a strength-based, inclusive, and equitable approach to teaching and learning grounded in the value of diversity. $1,500 stipend. Open to all full-time faculty.

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Mutual Mentoring

TEFD encourages faculty to develop robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus, and at a wide variety of career stages. TEFD refers to this approach as "Mutual Mentoring."

TEFD Services

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Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Consultation

Do you have questions related to issues of inclusive teaching, equity, and diversity? Please contact Dr. Kirsten Helmer directly to request an email or in-person consultation. 

Diversity Strategic Planning & Implementation

TEFD helps the leadership of colleges/schools and departments across the UMass Amherst campus to understand and discuss their goals and needs with respect to intercultural competency in teaching, and to develop recommendations, strategies, and plans of action with those units to address their teaching challenges and reach their goals for improving intercultural competency and effectiveness.

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Department Coaching and Facilitation

TEFD provides facilitation, coaching, and specialized workshops upon request of departments and collegues on campus.


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International Scholars Forum

This monthly forum brings international faculty, post-docs, and graduate students together with others who are interested in how to best support international students in their classes. Come to connect, exchange ideas, grapple with teaching challenges, and learn about inclusive teaching practices. Co-sponsored series with the Graduate School Office of Professional Development (OPD).

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Diversity Lunch Talks

Come for lunch (provided by TEFD) and connect with and join your colleagues to explore issues related to diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in teaching. Offered monthly. Varying topics. Open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. 

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Diversity Teaching Workshops

TEFD offers evidence-based workshops on a wide variety of topics that are open to all faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. In addition, TEFD works with various units on campus to produce discipline- and topic-specific programming.

Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication

In partnership with The International Communication Institute, TEFD co-hosts four days of workshops at the UMass Center at Springfield where you will engage on current topics in intercultural communication, putting theory into practice.  One- and three-day workshops on a variety of topics are available.