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

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 5, 12:15PM – 1:30PM

Location: Campus Center 904-08

Session Description

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.

Session Goals

At this session we will

  • Share and explore strategies and ideas for classroom activities that foster an inclusive and engaged learning environment for all students.
  • Discuss ways to connect with your students and connect students with each other, regardless of class size.
  • Help you kick off your classes with enthusiasm and engagement.

Who should attend? All instructors and graduate student TAs/TOs

This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series. Pizza and salad for lunch will be provided. 

More information on Diversity Lunch Talks offered by TEFD. 

Presenter Information: 

Kirsten Helmer, Ed.D., is Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity and Lecturer with TEFD.  Kirsten designs and offers a range of workshops on teaching inclusively and equitably. She is available for one-on-one consultations and also works with departments. Kirsten has taught courses on multicultural education, anti-racism, intergroup dialogue, queering the curriculum, exploring gender and sexuality diversity, multicultural children’s literature, and German language.