Panelists & “Expanding Your Curriculum” Alums: Libby Fry (Social Work), Heather Jerónimo (Spanish), Heather Kennedy (Family Studies), Ana Kogl (Political Science), Rachel Morgan (English)
In 2001, 9.7% of Iowa K-12 students were in the category of “minority”; in 2016-17, that number was 23.5%.(2017 Annual Report: Condition of Education, Iowa Department of Education). How can we better serve our current and future students, who are living in an increasingly diverse and globalized world?
Although many faculty already integrate diverse perspectives, materials, and pedagogical approaches into their courses, many of us also struggle to do this, either because we teach in disciplines that don’t seem to lend themselves readily to this approach and/or we lack the training we need to do this effectively. A few weeks ago, Dr. Saran Stewart raised this issue at our Fall Faculty Workshop, and throughout the S’19 semester about a dozen UNI faculty examined their own classroom practices in a CETL workshop, “Expanding Your Curriculum: Strategies for Making Your Courses More Diverse and Your Classroom More Inclusive.” Come hear directly from five workshop participants about their specific efforts to:
identify the ways in which who we are and the assumptions we make influence
examine strategies for infusing more diverse materials and assignments into existing
gain students’ perspectives on what makes an inclusive classroom, and explore
classroom approaches that support inclusion