Texas Tech University

Institute for Inclusive Excellence

The Institute for Inclusive Excellence is a partnership between the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, and the Center for Global Communication. The Institute for Inclusive Excellence was initiated in 2009 and provides faculty with an opportunity to promote a greater understanding of the academic value of diversity. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to consider inclusive pedagogies and best practices in the classroom and the university as a whole. Participants will finish the Institute with a richer understanding of the academic success that can be achieved through an institutional model of inclusive excellence. They will learn strategies and insights to better prepare Texas Tech students to be multiculturally competent and globally competitive. Faculty who attend the Institute will further assist the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the development of policies and programs that advance the academic and professional climate for diversity and equity at Texas Tech.

Please note that these workshops are for 2022-2023 IIE Cohort Fellows only.

  1. Oct
    5
    Wed

    A student in my class has Autism. How can I support their success? – (October 5, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 7

    In this 50-minute session, you will learn about the experiences, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of students with Autism and explore strategies to support their sense of belonging and academic success. Taylor Fidler, Director of the Connections for Academic Success and Employment program at Texas Tech, will guide participants through an interactive discussion in working with students with Autism. Attendees will have a chance to explore CASE studies and ways in which to help students connect with resources on campus.

  2. Oct
    18
    Tue

    Transparent Assignment Design to Support Equitable Classrooms – (October 18, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 20

    Perhaps the smallest and most important change teachers can make is to offer students an honest look at their rationale for what they require students to do. Transparent assignment design focuses on how and why students are learning course content in particular ways, and how this learning is relevant for all students. The goal is simple: to make learning processes explicit and equitably accessible for all students. In this workshop, we will consider a simple purpose-task-criteria framework that helps us engage with students before they undertake their work in our classes so that we come closer together in understanding the knowledge they will gain from completing the work and how they might use skills and knowledge in their lives during and beyond college, the tasks involved, and the expected criteria with which we will assess their work.

  3. Nov
    7
    Mon

    Understanding Assumptions – The Effects of Bias on the Classroom – (November 7, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 25

    In this introductory workshop, you will begin to gain an awareness and understanding of how our assumptions, bias, and stereotypes form and function in the classroom, and what effects bias can have on students’ learning. We will consider the implications of bias on student learning in the classroom and their experiences at Texas Tech University. Most importantly, we will discuss specific strategies for the classroom that can help to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on students’ learning. In preparation, cohort members are encouraged to read Chapter from Jennifer Brown’s How to be an Inclusive Leader – Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive prior to the event.

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