Equity Action Plan Instructional Resources
Equity Action Plan
The classroom Equity Action Plan was born out of a collaborative effort across different offices on campus and will be supported and maintained by representatives from the Office of the Provost, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), Instructional Design, Engagement and Support (IDEAS), the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA), University Analytics an Institutional Research (UAIR), and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). An interactive TEAMS channel has been created to provide you with the resources necessary to plan and execute these equity actions as well as to provide you with a community of practice and collaboration. The Equity Action instructional resources, including teaching examples and strategies, developed by CTL are included below and may also be found on the TEAMs site.
Whom do I contact with questions about the Equity Action Plan?
For general information about the rationale for the implementation of the Classroom Equity Action plan, evaluation, and overall academic impact, please contact the Office of the Provost through email at email@example.com
For specific information about the climate survey data and belonging at UMass, please contact OEI at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on assessment, equity action plan submissions, and survey analysis, please contact OAPA.
For assistance with the evaluation and selection of optimal technologies, and consultation on ways to integrate them into departmental workflows, and provide appropriate training resources. Please contact email@example.com to schedule a consult with an instructional designer on the IDEAS team.
B2. Provide opportunities for students to share their own experiences, perspectives, and questions. Offer opportunities for students to develop critical thinking tools to contextualize their positionalities.
C1. Use the correct pronunciation of student names, including providing an option for students to record that pronunciation, i.e. https://namedrop.io/ Encourage and model the use of applicable pronouns and/or students' chosen name (available in SPIRE) in course materials and settings.
D1. Offer multiple clear and easy opportunities for students to communicate with the instructor, i.e. individual/small group meetings, flexible Zoom and in-person office hours, out-of-classroom interactions. Normalize meeting with the instructor for reasons other than "asking for help."
D2. Proactively engage with students to build connections. This may include emailing students a welcoming message at the beginning of the semester, directed outreach to students from racial/ethnic populations traditionally underserved in higher education inviting them to attend office hours or other impromptu meetings, and/or make an effort to meet students one-on-one or in small groups, as well as the Get-To-Know-The-Student suggestion offered in the previous section.