Beyond Inclusion: Transforming Syllabi and Assignments for Equity

Award-winning educator Bridget Turner Kelly will help you utilize equitable language and pedagogy in your syllabi and assignments. You will learn how to transform your course to draw in students from all backgrounds and identities and keep them engaged through culturally relevant practices.

What You'll Learn

  • What is equitable language and pedagogy?
  • How do you recognize biased and harmful language in syllabi and assignments?
  • How do you create equitable syllabi?
  • How do you create equitable assignments?
  • What specific resources can you draw on for any course?
  • How can you build your awareness and knowledge level?
  • How should you sustain your efforts and assess your results?
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Training Overview

Update your syllabi for next year. Now is the ideal time to make your courses more inclusive.

As you prepare for the 2023-24 academic year, it is an excellent opportunity to update your syllabi and courses to make them more inclusive.

Students often express frustration that they cannot see themselves in a syllabus, must complete assignments based on biased assumptions about them, or focus on a curriculum that omits their interests, culture, and backgrounds.

The first introduction students have to you and your course is your syllabus and assignments list. You will lose students’ engagement and interest if those materials include language and ideas that communicate that they are not part of your course. You must let students know you believe they should be valued, acknowledged, and studied.

  • What is equitable language and pedagogy?
  • How do you recognize biased and harmful language in syllabi and assignments?
  • How do you create equitable syllabi?
  • How do you create equitable assignments?
  • What specific resources can you draw on for any course?
  • How can you build your awareness and knowledge level?
  • How should you sustain your efforts and assess your results?
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Who Should Attend?
  • Faculty
  • Teaching assistants
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Presidents
  • Provosts
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals
  • Academic affairs officers
  • Student affairs staff
  • Program coordinators
  • Program directors
  • Department chairs
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Bridget Turner Kelly
  • Associate Professor of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland
  • Graduate Director of the Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy Program
  • Master’s degree and PhD in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Maryland at College Park
  • Focuses on marginalized populations in higher education, such as women and faculty of Color
  • Authored over 25 publications, including two articles that have received over 200 citations each and two that have been cited in AMICUS briefs for U.S. Supreme Court cases
  • Award-winning teacher of intergroup dialogue
  • Author and co-editor of Engaging images for research, pedagogy and practice: Utilizing visuals to understand and promote college student development (2017, Stylus)