Inclusion is at the centre of critical thought. Anti-oppressive research tells us that students cannot reach their full potential in the classroom if the teaching and learning environment is not inclusive. Students are more likely to succeed academically, engage in complex intellectual problem solving, and understand difficult subject matter better if they feel like they belong in the classroom and that their instructor brings an equity lens to the subject matter.
This session will explore how to bring a comprehensive approach to inclusion in teaching and learning. In this webinar, Indira Naidoo-Harris and Joseph Pazzano from the Office of Diversity and Human Rights will lead a discussion on inclusive teaching and learning, share insights from UNIV*2010 – Anti-Discrimination & Anti-Oppression, and share strategies to embed inclusion and anti-oppression in curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Participants will also have an opportunity to engage in a Q&A with the facilitators. After the session, participants will be provided with a workbook and an opportunity to engage in breakout discussions enabling instructors to embed these inclusion principles strategically in their own courses.
By the end of the webinar, participants will:
-Gain a broader understanding of the barriers faced by equity-seeking students in the classroom;
-Identify and discuss inclusion considerations and strategies intended to foster diverse and equitable classroom environments; build inclusive assessments and evaluations; embed anti-oppression in cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching and learning, and facilitate anti-oppressive experiential and community-engaged learning opportunities;
-Explore learnings from DHR’s experience in offering an interdisciplinary 200-level course on Anti-Discrimination & Anti-Oppression; and
-Apply strategies from the session in a strategic and comprehensive way to the participants’ existing courses.