Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Teaching Symposium

Student learning is at the core of UNL’s land-grant mission. And faculty are at the heart of realizing that mission through impacting the lives of students across the university.

In celebration of the faculty’s commitment to students and to facilitate conversations about inclusiveness in teaching and learning, Academic Affairs and the Office of Online & Distance Education offers the 2016 Teaching and Learning Symposium entitled Creating an Inclusive Classroom. The symposium will focus on practical strategies for facilitating challenging conversations, managing classroom dynamics, and promoting awareness of and reflection about diversity.

Friday, April 1, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska Innovation Campus

Symposium Resources

Schedule of Events

1:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks: Shari Saunders

Associate Clinical Professor, Educational Studies

Diversity Issues for the Instructor: Identifying Your Own Attitudes

Shari Saunders

According to Dr. Saunders, “an inclusive classroom is a space where teachers and students can be their authentic selves, all voices are sought out and welcomed, participants feel free to challenge and/or support other people's perspectives on course topics, and it is safe for participants to feel uncomfortable and take risks.” Because some students have been on the receiving end of problematic behaviors, there is a need to become aware of and reflect about one’s own assumptions about diversity.

Download Dr. Saunders' Bio

1:20 p.m.

Student Panel Discussion

A panel of students will provide insight into what they have experienced, seen, and felt in UNL classrooms.

Coffee break

2:15 p.m.

All-Participant Workshop

Although there is no one set of practices that an instructor can implement that will ensure success in creating inclusive and respectful learning environments, there are a number of strategies that can support developing such environments. This workshop will focus on providing information to help instructors consider a range of factors that can influence experiences in classrooms along with strategies they can use to create and maintain inclusive classrooms in the areas of teacher-student interactions, student-to-student interactions, and community building.

Participants will have opportunities to identify some of their own course challenges, discuss them with their colleagues, and determine strategies that might work best for them.

3:15 p.m.