Avoid Chill in the Classroom: Maintaining a Welcoming and Inclusive Learning Environment

What is chill in the classroom? When a faculty member’s or other students’ behavior unintentionally makes a student, usually from an under-represented group, feel unwelcome and excluded.

Creating a welcoming and inclusive classroom involves being aware and avoiding chill in the classroom, incorporating inclusive examples, images, history, and context into the course content, and employing varied teaching methods that will foster success of students with diverse learning styles.

The classroom is also an ideal place to foster collaboration among students from backgrounds different than their own, using group projects or service learning modules. All of us need this kind of preparation for life in the 21st century world.

Workshop on Fostering Inclusivity in the Classroom

This interactive workshop asks faculty to reflect on whether all groups are equally represented and experiencing an equally positive learning environment in your classes, provides some strategies for promoting inclusion, and engages participants in making judgments about handling some real scenarios.
The workshop is an hour and a half long and can be incorporated into a faculty meeting or retreat. If you would like to schedule a workshop for your department or unit, please contact Marcia Gumpertz at gumpertz@ncsu.edu.

Reading and Resources for Developing an Inclusive Classroom

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