Inclusive Classroom Programs

Inclusive Classroom Programs

Through institutional and national data, student stories, educational research, and Iowa State faculty research, faculty and instructors will have opportunities to develop and sustain more equitable and inclusive student learning environments. Topics include implicit bias in learning and teaching, race and ethnicity in the classroom, LGBTQIA+ students’ academic success, and using Universal Design to increase equitable outcomes and experiences for students, among other topics. Centering each session on the following learning objectives:

  • Recognizing why teaching inclusively is essential.
  • Identifying & practicing using various frameworks for promoting inclusion & equity.
  • Assess curriculum and pedagogical approaches to distinguish strategies to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching and learning.

How to register

Webinars are hosted on Webex, How-to attend a Webex Training page. You may register via the Webex registration page unique to each webinar or email celt@iastate.edu with your name, program, and program dates. 

Questions? email celt@iastate.edu.

Upcoming programs

Webinar, Addressing microaggressions in the learning environment

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Whether conscious of it or not, instructors and students bring most of who they are to the learning environment, including their biases and stereotypes. Biases can emerge in the form of (micro)aggressions during class discussions, in student-student interactions during group or lab work, or interactions between students and instructors. If left unaddressed, biases and microaggressions negatively impact the learning climate and can hurt students’ engagement, sense of belonging and academic success. As a result of participating in this webinar, you will receive strategies to respond to microaggressions in the learning environment. To do this, we will explain the concept of microaggression while identifying examples of microaggressions. Then, explore and share strategies for us to respond more effectively to microaggressions. Facilitated by Dr. Laura Bestler, Program Specialist III, CELT.

Laura Bestler

Webinar, Supporting student mental health and well-being

Oct. 1 (1:10-2 p.m., view via Webex)

Join this interactive webinar as we discuss the increasing complexity of student mental health and well-being needs on college campuses. We will explore current data and student needs. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon challenges they’ve experienced in their setting. Finally, we will share both strategic and operational tactics that we all can use.

Facilitated by Erin Baldwin, Assistant Vice President, Student Health and Wellness, and Chris Hanes, Director, Student Counseling Services

Erin Baldwin
Christopher Hanes

Webinar, Create an inclusive learning environment

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The teaching-learning process is an inherently social act. Students interact with the instructor, their peers, and the course content throughout the learning process, often simultaneously in a learning environment. All of these interactions help shape their success in the course. Explore ways to create a welcoming learning environment, brainstorm what we can do to build an inclusive environment, share campus resources and programs, and extend your learning about teaching inclusively. Resources available on the Equity and Inclusion in the Online Learning Environment page. Facilitated by Dr. Laura Bestler, Program Specialist III, CELT.

Laura Bestler

Webinar, Navigating controversial topics in the classroom

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Many instructors consciously avoid controversial issues in the classroom because of the difficulty involved in managing heated discussions. However, controversy can be a useful, powerful, and memorable tool to promote learning. This conversation will provide instructors with resources to facilitate classroom discussions around controversial issues, including the O.T.F.D. (Open The Front Door) and A.C.T.I.O.N. communication frameworks. Resources available on the Navigating controversial topics in the classroom page. Facilitated by Dr. Laura Bestler, Program Specialist III, CELT.

Laura Bestler

Webinar, Diversifying Your Syllabus (Noreen Rodriguez)

Nov. 2 (1:10-2:10 p.m., register via Webex)

Diversifying your syllabus involves more than simply including diverse and Indigenous scholars and/or topics in your course materials. Rather, it recognizes that there are diverse perspectives of what constitutes reality and what constitutes knowledge within a discipline or in course content. Additionally, diversification recognizes that multiple realities exist and that knowledge should be owned and created by everyone.

Join Dr. Noreen Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, School of Education as she shares how educators can grapple with these power relations in course content development and delivery. Dr. Rodriguez will also share examples of how she has utilized Decolonization as a framework to diversify her syllabi, and to revise course content in courses she has taught.

This session will focus on reframing your current curriculum in ways that challenge traditional disciplinary canons and modes of teaching and learning to foster more inclusive and equitable learning environments and learning experiences in the classroom. Visit Noreen Rodriguez’s website.

Noreen Rodriguez

Webinar, Building an inclusive and learner-centered syllabus

Nov. 11 (12:05-12:55 p.m., view via Webex)

This conversation will be a starting place for implementing inclusive pedagogy and learner-centered practices into your syllabus for the upcoming year. We will discuss strategies for producing a student-centered syllabus and the importance of establishing clear expectations and goals, using transparent teaching methods, and building rapport and community in your class. Resources and previous recording of this webinar available on CELT’s inclusive and learner-centered syllabus page. Facilitated by Dr. Laura Bestler, Program Specialist III, CELT.

Laura Bestler

Webinar, Discover the top 10 tips for creating accessible course content

Nov. 12 (2:10-3:00 p.m., view via Webex)

This conversation will discuss ten basic strategies for creating accessible course content. Participants will explore the Quality Matters framework, specific approaches to address accessibility and usability, and begin to build a timeline for implementing these changes. ‘How to’ resources will be provided. Facilitated by, Laura Bestler, Program Coordinator, CELT along with Special Guest Cyndi Wiley, Digital Access Coordinator, IT. Resources and previous recording of this webinar are available on the Accessibility in your course page.

Laura Bestler