New resource guide on Active Listening to Support Inclusive Teaching

A new resource guide on Active Listening to Support Inclusive Teaching [LINK] has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about active listening in your own classes, you may request a teaching consultation by completing this form [LINK]. If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would like to see posted, share them […]

How Inclusive Are Your Courses? Tools for Self-Assessment

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center As part of the Reinert Center’s ongoing focus on inclusive teaching, we continue to add just-in-time resources and tips to our website, in order to help faculty act on their commitments to design and teach courses with inclusion as an explicit priority.  In spite of our best intentions, we […]

Transparent Assignments

by Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center What if I told you it was possible to “increase academic confidence, a sense of belonging, and mastery of skills that employers look for when hiring,” in your students, simply by implementing a couple of small changes in the way you present assignments? That was the challenge […]

Reflecting on Diversity Discussions in the Classroom: A Praxis Workshop Follow Up

by Mitch Lorenz and Yang Li, Graduate Assistants, Reinert Center In our final Praxis Workshop of the semester, attendees explored the challenges of broaching the topic of diversity with students in class discussions. Participants reflected on how diversity discussions fit in their classrooms and what challenges they face when planning diversity discussions or when they […]

New resource guide on Avoiding Microaggressions in the Classroom

A new resource guide on Avoiding Microaggressions in the Classroom[LINK] has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about microaggressions in your own classes, you may request a teaching consultation by completing this form [LINK]. If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would like to see posted, share them here [LINK].

Academic Rigor and the Inclusive Classroom

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center For some time now, I’ve been reflecting on the idea of academic rigor – what it is, where it comes from in our courses, what kinds of practices promote it. And in light of the Reinert Center’s theme this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own evolving […]

Facilitating Diversity Discussions

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center For me, inclusive teaching often begins with the selection of a text that engages diversity as a significant theme (e.g., Alvarez, Bauer, & Eger, 2015). By text, I mean anything from research studies to YouTube videos to service-learning sites. How I select a text depends on the goals […]

Instructor Identity: Part I. Student Implicit Bias

by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center As part of our year-long theme, Inclusive Teaching, we have been focusing on ways in which instructors can create equitable learning environments for all of their students. While we examine the variety of student needs and identities in our classrooms, it can be easy to forget that instructor […]

Course Design Strategies for Student Identity Development

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Student identity development is an expanding interdisciplinary field that strives to identify, describe, predict, and explain behaviors that shape identity (Evans, Forney, Guido, Renn, Patton, 2010). One of the main focus areas for the field is the study of psychosocial events that help shape student identity as college […]

New Resource Guide on Difficult Dialogues

A new resource guide on Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom[LINK] has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about difficult dialogues in your own classes, you may request a teaching consultation by completing this form [LINK]. If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would like to […]