Inclusive Pedagogy

Making the classroom inclusive

The University of Chicago is dedicated to creating an environment where every student feels fully included in the classroom. It is a key component of the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative and centers around the ways in which classroom activities, curricula, and assessments are designed and delivered to engage students in learning that is meaningful, relevant, and accessible. We do this through a partnership with the Chicago Center for Teaching

The Chicago Center for Teaching

The Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) provides resources to help faculty navigate issues like diversity, stereotype threat, and bias in the classroom while developing more inclusive teaching strategies. The CCT currently offers workshops, a reading group, and other programming designed to make the classroom more inclusive for all. 

In addition, the CCT supports the Race and Pedagogy Working Group, develops resources, and creates other opportunities for learning and practicing inclusion. 

Inclusive Teaching Services at the Chicago Center for Teaching

Brown Bag sessions provide opportunities for participants to discuss their concerns with colleagues in a low-pressure, exploratory manner. Inclusive teaching brown bags are meant to focus on what it means for classrooms to be inclusive spaces and how UChicago’s community can enhance learning by more fully engaging with diversity. Students, postdocs, and faculty are all invited to bring a lunch and participate in these informal gatherings.

The CCT offers consultations on inclusive teaching, which may include:

  • Addressing questions and concerns about inclusion
  • Reviewing syllabi and giving feedback on making the syllabus a tool that fosters belonging and learning
  • Monitoring your classroom climate by checking in with students and providing anonymous feedback

In addition to the ongoing workshops and seminars the CCT provides on inclusive teaching, we are happy to develop programming tailored to individual campus units. Simply contact Cheryl R. Richardson (richardsonc@uchicago.edu) to discuss your needs.

Developed by the Chicago Center for Teaching in partnership with the Office of the Provost, the inclusive pedagogy website serves as a central resource for academics who are committed to inclusive teaching.

Cheryl Richardson

Director for Inclusive Teaching Initiatives, Chicago Center for Teaching

richardsonc@uchicago.edu

Please reach out to Cheryl if you are a faculty member looking for inclusive pedagogical resources or a tailored training, or would simply like to learn more about inclusive pedagogy initiatives.