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Inclusive Practices in Course Design (Lincoln Park)

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John T. Richardson Library Room 300

2350 N Kenmore Ave

Chicago, IL 60614

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This workshop examines the ways in which inclusive language and practices can help foster student success. Because DePaul boasts such a diverse student population, faculty must think about a wide-range of assumptions they make about their students and the different resources students may or may not have or be aware of. Perhaps the most important meeting point between instructor and student expectations is the syllabus, and we’ll begin by thinking about the syllabus as a metonym for a course itself. In this workshop, participants will articulate and evaluate assumptions about their students that their courses may make, and identify aspects of course design that can benefit from inclusive language and strategies.

Through guided discussion of syllabi and examination of case studies, the workshop will help instructors think through different creative and compassionate ways in which they can be an advocate for their students’ best interests while also preserving the rigorous intellectual and academic demands of their courses. We hope that faculty can test out ideas and ask difficult questions that won’t produce immediate pre-formed answers. Rather, this workshop aspires to sustain existing conversations across the DePaul community, while at the same time providing practical results for faculty to incorporate into their pedagogy.

*Note: We ask participants to bring two copies of a recent syllabus and course policies to the workshop.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be able to articulate the active-mindset needed to adopt inclusive language and practices in their syllabi in order to build a stronger classroom community
  • Be able to identify and evaluate assumptions they make about the students in their courses through peer discussion and analysis of syllabi
  • Develop a revised set of course policies that incorporate the language and ideas of inclusivity and equity
  • Use model case studies to show the ways in which resource-specific strategies will help them be an advocate for a diverse community of students at DePaul


Presented by: Jeffrey Kessler (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Co-presenter Joyce Bean (WRD/Liberal Arts)

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