Inclusive Pedagogy

During the 2020-21 academic year, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, in collaboration with the Unit Diversity Officers at UB, will present a series of programs on inclusive pedagogy to further UB’s efforts to cultivate inclusive classrooms and curriculums.

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Upcoming Inclusive Excellence Events

Our programming is complete for the spring 2021 semester, but please check back in the fall, and see below for recordings of past events.

Additional Upcoming Events

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom

Dates: Self-paced online course

Intended Audience: Higher Education Instructors

Through real stories, reflection, and key research, learn how to create and sustain inclusive, student-centered learning environments.  The course is self-paced on your time, 2-4 per week for 5 weeks.  For more information, visit the edX website.

Presented by edX and Cornell University

Inclusive Online Teaching Webinars

Dates: Ongoing

Intended Audience: Higher Education Instructors

Throughout the series, featured faculty will share practical inclusive teaching approaches that can be immediately put to use to create a more equitable learning environment for their students.  Visit the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) website for more information about upcoming sessions.

Sponsored by ACUE and partners

Resources

If you have questions specific to your academic discipline, please reach out to the Unit Diversity Officer for your school, or the subject librarian for your discipline.

Past Events

Inclusive Case Studies

Date & Time: Friday, April 16, 12:00-1:00pm (recording will be posted soon)

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Instructors 

Panel members from a variety of disciplines will discuss the use of inclusive case studies in graduate and undergraduate courses. The discussion will include: rationale for incorporating inclusive cases; approaches to creating, revising, and selecting case studies that are inclusive for use in courses and across the curriculum; and lessons learned/tips and tricks for effective implementation of cases that depict under-represented groups.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 31, 12:00-1:30pm (click here to view recording)

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Instructors 

Do you feel anxious when issues of race come up in the classroom?

Do you know how to recognize and acknowledge a microaggression?

Would you like to learn some skills for addressing racial issues in the classroom?

This workshop is designed to offer skills and strategies for addressing and facilitating conversations on race and racial issues. The presenters address common emotional reactions, identify common barriers to effective conversations, and provide attendees with skills to recognize and navigate race-related communication dynamics. Topics of discussion include: identifying and responding to microaggressions, recognizing positions of privilege, emotional regulation skills, and recommendations for creating "brave spaces" for these discussions.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Counseling Services

Designing Learning for Justice

Dates: Tuesday, March 16, 11:00am-1:00pm

Intended Audience: UB Faculty & Instructors

This two-hour interactive workshop provided participants with evidence-based strategies to incorporate equity- and justice-oriented teaching practices into their daily interactions with students. By engaging in individual critical reflection and group dialogues, participants were able to explore why equity-mindedness matters in teaching and collectively consider how faculty can make equity-mindedness a core part of their organizational culture. 

Presented by the School of Dental Medicine

Creating an Inclusive Curriculum

Date & Time: Thursday, February 18, 12:00-1:00pm

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Instructors 

How do you design courses that are more inclusive? This presentation provided insights based on current research and theoretical perspectives, in addition to a few strategies, resources and supports that can help instructors create more inclusive curriculum and syllabi.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

Perspectives on Anti-Racist Pedagogies

Date & Time: Monday, November 30, 4:00-5:00pm

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Instructors

Given the current and prevailing awareness of systemic inequities, educational institutions are pushing to develop programs that honor diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. In this session, a panel of doctoral students in the Department of Learning and Instruction (Graduate School of Education), who are also members of the Anti-Racist Reading Collective for Justice, discussed what it means to be “anti-racist” as students and educators and how anti-racist practice, like abolitionist teaching, has been misrepresented and diluted to preserve the status quo. Through role-play scenarios grounded in lived experiences and research, panelists illuminated the complexities of anti-racist pedagogies in more concrete ways.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment

Date & Time: Monday, November 16, 9:00-10:00am

Intended Audience: Faculty and Instructors in the School of Public Health and Health Professions

What is a collaborative learning environment, and how can it promote student success?  After a panel discussion providing examples of collaborative pedagogy, participants met in small groups to discuss specific situations they may encounter with students, and ways to respond effectively to foster an equitable, collaborative environment.

Presented by the School of Public Health and Health Professions

What is Inclusive Pedagogy?

Date & Time: Thursday, October 29, 11:30am-1:00pm

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Instructors

Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, inclusive pedagogy consists of a variety of approaches depending on the course content and the students in the class. To help guide instructors seeking to make their pedagogy more inclusive, panelists from various disciplines at UB discussed the philosophy that guides their approach to inclusive teaching and course design.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

A Conversation on Hodinöhsö:ni′ Geographies: Unsettling the Settler State

Date & Time: Thursday, October 1, 4:00-5:15pm 

Intended Audience: Open Event   

This first of three conversations revolved around a place-based discussion on meaningful acknowledgements in Hodinöhsö:ni′ traditional territories. How might we use land introductions to follow through with a responsibility and commitment to nurturing healthy communities? How is the research and teaching in land grant institutions often in tension with Hodinöhsö:ni′ concepts of land and sovereignty? What process and protocols should be undertaken to engage respectfully, responsibly and with care? Most of all, how might an understanding of Hodinöhsö:ni′ geographies and anti-colonial practices create possibilities for future generations and relationships?

Presented by The UB Center for Diversity and Innovation, UB Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences at UB, and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Microaggressions in the Classroom

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00pm 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty 

Microaggressions are everyday verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. In this workshop, participants learned about the three types of microaggressions, the effects they have on students, microaggressions that are common in the classroom, and ways to respond to them.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

"Make Good Trouble" Now: Teach-In for Racial Equity

Date & Time: Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4

Intended Audience: Graduate School of Education Faculty, Staff, and Students (closed event) 

Guided by sessions themed around internal, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic forms of racism, the goal of the teach-in was to critically examine a variety of issues and range of perspectives so that all participants have a better understanding of the root causes and effects of racial injustice within and across educational and community contexts. For more information visit the GSE website.

Presented by the Graduate School of Education, and co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence