Examples of Inclusive Classroom Practices

Following the Inclusive Classroom training, examples provided by the departmental facilitator may be included in the curated list below. The examples below are related to CELT’s Strategies to Create an Inclusive Classroom (PDF). Additional resources may be found on CELT’s Inclusive Teaching Resources page.

Increase cultural understanding

  • Use diverse examples to increase cultural understanding, awareness, and foster conversations among people from different backgrounds is what Javier Vela, Professor, Chemistry (recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Faculty Award) continues to use throughout his career.
  • ISU Library’s Inclusive Classrooms: DEI in the Disciplines webpage

Diverse representation

  • Another idea is to ensure images and illustrations are representative of diverse appearances. Dr. Kelly Reddy-Best researches the diversity, or lack thereof, of textbooks in the apparel field. Within the fashion industry the ideal presented is often youthful, white, and very small. A representation that you can see on the left side of the screen. By intentionally using images representative of diverse appearances, we are able to better model to our students the reality of our university, our world, and our disciplines.
  • Last year Laura Jarboe and Monica Lamm, Chemical Engineering discussed the achievements of Frances Arnold, a chemical engineer, in their Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics course. Arnold’s pioneering work in directed evolution of enzymes included applications of thermodynamics. They showed the students an abstract from one of Arnold’s recent publications that explicitly mentioned thermodynamics. Jarboe and Lamm’s purpose was to show that thermodynamics remains relevant to cutting edge science and engineering. The next semester, they taught the Separations course and when they got to the unit on chromatography, we again introduced Professor Arnold. This time we highlighted Arnold’s work to scale up a chromatography process (from research scale to industrial scale) for separating and purifying enzymes.

Representation in the learning spaces

  • Each week, 1352 Gilman Hall hosts over 3,500 students in classes ranging from chemistry to architecture to naval science. A female graduate students asked Chemistry Professor Javier Vela, shown in this picture on the left, why all of the portraits on the wall were men? Javier wanted to help all of the students who learn in this room feel connected and inspired… So he transformed the room, with displays of Latino, African American and Asian scientists; scientists from four major religions; a scientist who identifies as LGBT; and a scientist with a disability. Half of those featured are women. These images, consciously and subconsciously can positively impact the lives and career choices of our students. Read the The power of portraits web article.

    • LAS News. (2016, November 11). The power of portraits. Retrieved from https://news.las.iastate.edu/2016/11/11/the-power-of-portraits/