A major tenet of an inclusive classroom is acknowledging that your students are whole people with rich experiences and knowledge and then actually bringing their diverse experiences and knowledge into the classroom. The connections that students make between your class and important aspects of their lives actually help them learn course content better. In this workshop with UMass grad student Hazel Gedikli, you will learn more about how to incorporate students’ personal contexts into teaching and you will have time to begin redesigning a class activity or assignment in order to better integrate students' personal contexts. Part of the Teaching Academy!
Hazel Gedikli (she/her)
Hazel Gedikli is a literary and cultural studies scholar who loves engaging in pedagogic conversations across disciplines. Currently, she is completing her doctoral dissertation in the American studies concentration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s English Department. Her research explores the concepts of history, settler colonialism, transnationalism, cultural and land dispossession, violence at the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, family, and community in contemporary ethnic American women’s literature and women of color activism. A Fulbright alumnus, Gedikli also holds a graduate certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from UMass Amherst Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Hazel lives in Honolulu and teaches composition courses in the Department of English and Applied Linguistics at Hawai’i Pacific University.