Equity and Inclusive Classroom Seminar Series

Equity and Inclusive Classroom Seminar Series

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. 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.

The equity and inclusive classroom seminar series offers an opportunity to extend knowledge about teaching inclusively and not a substitute for the annual inclusive classroom training.

Programs for AY21-22

University-wide Annual Inclusive Classroom Training (AY21-22) sessions

During the 2022 spring semester, attend a Annual Inclusive Classroom Training (AY21-22) sessions for graduate teaching assistants, faculty, and staff.

Equity and Inclusion Speakers and Events

Webinar, OER 101: An introduction to free and open course materials with Abbey Elder, Feb. 24 (2-3 p.m.)

In this workshop, participants will learn about open educational resources (OER), free course materials that instructors can use in place of expensive textbooks and adapt to fit their course’s needs.

Join Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, to discuss the benefits and challenges of using OER, resources they can use to find and evaluate these materials, and methods for integrating high-quality OER into their courses.

For additional information, visit the ISU Open Educational Resources website.

To participate in this webinar, register via this Feb. 24 Zoom link. If you need assistance connecting to Zoom, visit Zoom’s Support website or contact ISU’s Solution Center at 294-4000.

Abbey Elder
Abbey Elder

Webinar, Triggers Warnings: Methods and best practices with Michael Bugeja, Feb. 28 (2-3 p.m.)

Join Michael Bugeja, Distinguished Professor (LAS), as he shares his practices and views about trigger warnings. He disputes the conventional wisdom of “avoidance rationale” as teachers who use such warnings typically tackle the difficult topics. He also rebuts methodologies of studies that show trigger warnings are ineffective and provides guidelines that not only respect students’ well-being but also result in enhanced teaching practices.

Dr. Bugeja details content of each lecture in his syllabus, has a flexible attendance policy, provides online study guides for sensitive material, and sends email reminders before each class.

Michael Bugeja
Michael Bugeja

Save the Date for the 2022 Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE)​

This comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity is free and open to the Iowa State University community (students, faculty, and staff). The 2022 conference will include both virtual and in-person components to reach a broad audience.

  • Virtual Professional Development Pre-Conference: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022 (Open to Iowa State faculty and staff)
  • Full Conference: Thursday (Virtual) & Friday (In-Person), Mar. 3-4, 2022

Registration information will be available in early spring semester 2022.

Save the Date for ISCORE 2022

In the planning phase:

  • CELT is seeking presenters for the 2022-23 academic year. If you have a suggestion, please email celt@iastate.edu.

Previous (AY21-22)

Previous Equity and Inclusion Speakers


  • Erin Baldwin, Student Health and Wellness, Division of Student Affairs; and Chris Hanes, Student Counseling Services; Supporting student mental health and well-being (Oct. 1, 2020)
  • Jeremy Best, History; White supremacy and nationalism in education (Sept. 9, 2020)
  • Christa Jackson, School of Education; What are we noticing? (Feb. 17, 2021)
  • Noreen Rodriguez, School of Education; Diversifying your syllabus (Nov. 2, 2020)
  • Brian Vanderheyden, Student Wellness; Carlos Vidales, Student Wellness; Sydney Dunn, Student Counseling Services; Students in Addiction Recovery: What faculty should know to create supportive classrooms (Apr. 13, 2021)

How to register

You may register via ISU Event Calendar for each webinar listing via the unique Webex or Zoom registration page or email celt@iastate.edu with your name, program, and program dates. 

Questions? Please email celt@iastate.edu.