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.

TEFD Mutual Mentoring
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.

Programs

Diversity Lunch Talk: Ethnically & Racially Inclusive Approaches to Teaching Writing with Manning Prize Winner Dr. Haivan Hoang and Florianne Jimenez (PhD)

UMass students bring a wide range of language backgrounds and writing practices informed by cultural heritage and past experiences to classes. Part of designing an inclusive classroom involves recognizing and building on students’ diverse language and writing experiences, or we risk racializing and alienating them. As teachers, we face challenging questions: How can we design assignments and class activities that encourage students to recognize and draw from their language and writing backgrounds? What possible tensions might we find between a student’s ethnic discourses and a teacher’s expectations for writing in a course, and how can we address these tensions through our course design and classroom practices?

Join Prof. Haivan Hoang (English) and Florianne Jimenez (English/Writing Center) for an interactive workshop where we will share best practices for designing linguistically and racially inclusive classrooms and facilitate discussion about specific approaches to assignments and class activities.

Diversity and General Education – Aligning How You Teach with the New GenEd DIV Learning Outcomes

This session provides faculty who are currently teaching a GenEd course with a DU/DG designation with a midterm check-in opportunity to share and discuss challenges and successes related to engaging their students with the new GenEd Diversity Learning Outcomes. Join TEFD Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Kirsten Helmer and members of the General Education Council for this interactive cross-disciplinary session.

Diversity & General Education: Writing a Successful Course Proposal for GenEd DU/DG Courses

This session provides information that will assist faculty who need to go through the expedited review process for their existing GenEd course with a DU/DG designation to meet the new General Education Diversity Requirements, and faculty who want to propose a new course seeking a GenEd DU or DG designation. Members of the General Education Council will provide an overview of the expedited review process for current GenEd DU/DG courses. Participants will be introduced to a graphic organizer that can help faculty to visualize how their proposed course will meet the new diversity learning outcomes. Join TEFD Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Kirsten Helmer and members of the General Education Council for this informative session.

International Scholars Series - Combatting Linguistic Bias

International Scholars Forum: Join us to share your challenges and discuss ways to overcome disempowering experiences related to linguistic bias.

Diversity & General Education: Writing a Successful Course Proposal for GenEd DU/DG Courses

This session provides information that will assist faculty who need to go through the expedited review process for their existing GenEd course with a DU/DG designation to meet the new General Education Diversity Requirements, and faculty who want to propose a new course seeking a GenEd DU or DG designation. Members of the General Education Council will provide an overview of the expedited review process for current GenEd DU/DG courses. Participants will be introduced to a graphic organizer that can help faculty to visualize how their proposed course will meet the new diversity learning outcomes. Join TEFD Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Kirsten Helmer and members of the General Education Council for this informative session.

International Scholars Series - Searching for Our Authentic Teaching Persona

How can we preserve our joy and love of teaching? How can we grow as teachers? How can we find the courage to teach with integrity and authenticity? In this interactive session we want to explore what these questions mean for us as educators who sometimes struggle with teaching authentically as we find ourselves positioned at the margins of our own classrooms. 

International Scholars Series - Decoding UMass Student Culture

What do your students expect from you and your class? How might these expectations differ from what you experienced as a student, and what you expect from your students as an instructor or lab leader? This interactive discussion will provide you with an opportunity to explore those expectations and help you to brainstorm ways to create supportive relationships that can enhance your students’ learning. 

Diversity Lunch Talk: Just in time - Creating Inclusive and Engaged Classes from the Start

A recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shows that a student’s sense of belonging on campus and in our classes supports academic success. The first weeks of classes in particular are critical for shaping the class environment and student attitudes. So, how can you establish an inclusive and engaged learning environment in your classes from day one where all students feel respected, valued and connected? Join TEFD Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Kirsten Helmer and your colleagues for this interactive session through which you will explore strategies and ideas for classroom activities that can help you achieve this goal.

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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.