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Anna Branch Introduces the UMass Learning Community Initiative
Anna Branch Introduces the UMass Learning Community Initiative

Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom

The University of Massachusetts is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the classroom. This means integrating diversity into the curriculum in a systematic way and also preparing students and instructors to manage diverse perspectives when dealing with the unexpected.

General Education Requirement. Learn about the learning outcomes expected from the social and cultural diversity general education requirement. All UMass undergraduates are expected to take a Diversity in the United States or Global Diversity course in their first year.

Respectful Classroom Resource. Read the Dignity and Respect in the Classroom resource to better understand the challenges and steps you can take to build a classroom culture that promotes learning.

Faculty Development. Attend a Diversity Teaching workshop or Lunch Talk hosted by the Institute for Teaching and Faculty Development (TEFD). Explore resources available externally through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, of which UMass Amherst is an institutional member.

Diversity and Inclusion on Campus

As an educational institution, learning goes beyond the classroom walls. We are committed to providing creative ways for students, staff, and faculty to learn from one another, engage deeply to develop understanding across difference, and grow as a result. Explore the resources available on this page, and if your favorite campus resources isn’t listed here be sure to let us know.

Develop Facilitation Skills. Become a Campus Climate Ambassador, gain facilitation skills and learn how to engage with others across campus in purposeful conversations across difference. Apply here.

Become More Culturally Effective. Join a Spring 2019 learning community. Overcome fears of saying the wrong thing or been culturally insensitive. Learn alongside peers in small discussion groups and achieve greater cultural awareness and respect for differences.

Build Community. Gain Active Listening Skills. Take part in the Dignity and Respect in Action: Community Conversations initiative, registration starts in Spring 2019.

Additional Campus Resources. Visit the OMBUDS library and learn from their compiled strategies and tips. Workplace, Learning, and Development and Labor/Management Workplace Education Program both regularly offer courses and workshops that can be expand your capacity to work across difference.