Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

In the Chronicle’s The Case for Inclusive Teaching article, we examine what is inclusive pedagogy. Gannon (2018) stated, “It is a mindset, a teaching-and-learning worldview, more than a discrete set of techniques. But that mindset does value specific practices which, research suggests, are effective for a mix of students.” More specifically:

  • It values course design. Inclusive teaching asks us to critically examine not just the way we teach on a day-to-day basis, but the prep work and organization we do before the course begins.
  • It values discernment. As faculty members, we must regularly ask ourselves: What biases am I carrying, and how do I counteract their effects?
  • It values a sense of belonging. How do we erode those old inequities and power imbalances in the classroom? By intentionally using teaching strategies that promote a sense of belonging, a critical element of student learning, and thus, of student success.

Through professional development programs, consultations, and resources, CELT supports creating learning environments where the social identities and diverse backgrounds of our students may thrive.

Inclusive Classroom Programs

Inclusive Classroom Programs These programs provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants to extend their learning

Inclusive Pedagogy

Inclusive Pedagogy Inclusive pedagogy at its core is a student-centered approach to teaching that faculty create an inviting and engaging

*For a definition of inclusion, visit the Making Excellence Inclusive webpage (Association of American Colleges and Universities).


Sources for the Strategies to Create an Inclusive Classroom handout

  • Brookfield, S. (2017). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Checklist: Responding to student diversity. (n/d). Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburg, PA. Retrieved from
  • Creating a positive classroom climate for diversity. (2015). University of California. Retrieved from
  • Diversity checklist: Guidelines for course planning. (n/d). Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Penn State University, PA. Retrieved from
  • Guide for Teaching Inclusively at Columbia University. (2018). Retrieved from
  • Guidelines for classroom interactions. (n/d). Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Retrieved from