Diversity & Inclusion Teaching Consultations

The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) adopts a strength-based, inclusive, and equitable approach to teaching and learning grounded in the value of diversity. Consultations allow participants to find support for enhancing individual or departmental capacities to teach inclusively and equitably a wide range of diverse students. Possible topics include course design, pedagogical considerations, reflective practices, and mindfulness and contemplative practices.

Course Design

  • Creating learning objectives that reflect attention to diversity, inclusiveness, and equity
  • Designing inclusive learning activities and experiences
  • Designing inclusive assignments and assessments
  • Creating an inclusive, accessible syllabus
  • Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • Meeting the new General Education Diversity learning outcomes

Pedagogical Considerations

  • Best pedagogical practices for creating an inclusive learning environment
  • Supporting students across a wide range of social, cultural, and learning differences, including students from marginalized racial/ethnic backgrounds, international students and non-native speakers of English, LGBTQ (including gender variant) students, and first-generation college students
  • Facilitating difficult class conversations and managing hot moments
  • Pathways to productive class discussions
  • Developing students’ communication skills

Reflective Practices


  • Implicit bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Stereotype threat
  • Positionality
  • Intercultural competencies

Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices

  • Integrating mindfulness and contemplative practices into anti-oppressive education

For more information, contact Kirsten Helmer