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Creating Inclusive Learning Environments

The pandemic and furor over social justice are challenging how educators approach teaching. Safety protocols and debates over the role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in higher education have left many educators feeling burned out. In such a state, it is helpful for educators to focus on small changes to their teaching that can yield big results for student success. In our new book "Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching," we suggest that faculty need to start with the process of self-reflection to engage in inclusive teaching, create inclusive curricula, and implement inclusive pedagogy. We believe this step is essential to implementing the framework used in the book. In this interactive online session, we will offer faculty the opportunity to reflect on what is needed to adopt pedagogies, curricula, and assessment processes to become a more inclusive practitioner.

Session Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to

  • Examine the principles that guide their DEI work.
  • Consider a variety of inclusive pedagogies appropriate for their teaching contexts.
  • Review strategies for curating inclusive curriculum materials appropriate for their teaching contexts.
  • Identify potential inclusive assessments appropriate for their teaching contexts.

Note that this session is open to Duke and non-Duke faculty, other instructors, and academic staff.

The session will be held in Zoom, and the link will be provided upon registration in your confirmation email.

Session Presenters:



Rita Kumar, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Faculty Enrichment Center at the University of Cincinnati and former Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash. Her research interests include problem-based learning, inclusive classroom practice, and faculty development. She serves on the Executive Board of the Women’s Network, American Council on Education Women’s Network-Ohio. 



Brenda Refaei, Ed.D. is the Director of the Learning + Teaching Center and a Professor of English and Communication at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, where she teaches developmental, first-year and intermediate English composition. Dr. Refaei is an Engaging in Excellence in Equity Fellow.



Thursday, March 24, 2022
10:00am - 11:15am
Teaching and Learning  
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