October is just a few days away, and we should reflect on how we are meeting/exceeding Goal 4 of Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan,
“Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other.”
To contribute to this goal, CELT hosts a series of training opportunities to help guide faculty and staff (who have a teaching role) on the most effective methods for teaching inclusively and welcoming a diverse classroom. These inclusive programs include Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshop (Monthly) and Conversation on Teaching Inclusively (Monthly). CELT also provides a variety of resources available via CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom webpage with essential downloadable files:
- the Mindful and Learner-Centered Syllabus Checklist (PDF) and
- the Strategies to Create an Inclusive Course (PDF).
Additionally, we are all encouraged to participate in ISU’s Campus Climate Survey — an evaluation of personal experiences and perceptions of the attitudes, behaviors and practices of campus community members. The survey results will help the university move the strategic plan goals forward, and provide a basis for developing policies and initiatives to address concerns and enhance the campus climate. The survey link will be live October 3-31, 2017.
Finally, we hope that consider attending Campus Conversations IV: A Conversation about Current Events, Police Response and Hate Crimes (hosted by Iowa State University Police, The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and the University Library) on October 3 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in 198 Parks Library. This program will explore recent events and actions clearly fueled by hate to highlight the variety of responses even if an incident does not rise to the level of a criminal charge or a hate crime enhancement; as well as, inform and empower attendees to utilize the legal system and university resources as tools to combat the hate fueled speech.
Each of these opportunities will help strengthen our community and demonstrate to our students the value of an inclusive community. Thus, supporting Iowa State’s mission to “Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.”
See you there,
Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning Teaching
View the published Teaching Tip: The Value of an Inclusive Classroom & Campus (September 28, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.