Inclusive Teaching Circles
Inclusive Teaching Circles are small, consistent groups of faculty, lecturers, and GTAs who are dedicated to teaching that is inclusive and equitable for all students.
These informal groups meet monthly over lunch to discuss readings on inclusive education, share ideas and teaching strategies, and provide mutual support for the often difficult work of educating. This program was originally developed in 2005 by the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Diversity and Outreach (now, Office of International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs).
What purposes they serve
This program has three primary objectives:
- To support ongoing faculty development regarding inclusive teaching methods;
- To cultivate a safe space for open discussions of successes and challenges in pedagogical practices; and
- To develop a community of knowledgeable multicultural educators who can serve as role-models and resources for other faculty.
Teaching that is inclusive and equitable takes positive steps to ensure that no student is excluded, marginalized or denigrated by either course design or classroom pedagogy, with special attention to members of historically excluded or marginalized groups. Such educational practice requires reflection on how social identities can impact course design, classroom pedagogy, and instructor-student interactions.