All are welcome to attend, even without advance registration. However, lunch will be ordered only for those who register at least 3 business days in advance. Please bring your own lunch if you did not register by the deadline.
FACILITATORS: Chrys Demetry, Morgan Teaching and Learning Center; Bonnie Walker, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
The increasing diversity of the WPI student body presents opportunities for a richer learning environment, more innovation in our community and among our graduates, and greater institutional contribution to equity in our society. Achieving these benefits is not automatic, however. “When the other girls raise their hands,” a poem recently published in our student newspaper, provides examples of ways in which our campus can be oppressive to women students, despite their growing numbers. Multiple types of otherness and difference, in addition to gender identity, weigh on our students and affect their experiences both inside and outside of class. This session will begin with a discussion of the poem: the questions and concerns that it raises, and what research tells us about effects on student success. We will use this discussion as a segue to the ideal of inclusive teaching, one definition of which is “an explicit intellectual and affective inclusion of all students into our fields and disciplines, through course content, assessment, and/or pedagogy” (Brown University, 2017). Inclusive teaching strategies benefit all students in addition to those in marginalized groups, and many require a low time commitment. Participants will use a self-assessment to identify inclusive teaching strategies that they’re already using as well as one or more that they would like to try.
It's understood that some may need to leave early for 1pm commitments.