Building Inclusive Classrooms: Diversity, "Millenials", and Beyond
There is little dispute that the post-9/11, socially-networked, media-generating, consummate-consuming, and in-every-way-"Xtreme" generation of students has arrived. From state-mandated scholastic testing regimes to "helicopter parenting" and the machinations of big Pharma to their own strong ethos of social justice and the pursuit of an inclusive, post-racial society, the academic, intellectual, and social profile of "millenials" and now "post-millenials" provide challenges and opportunities for us as teachers and mentors.
This page will collect materials from workshops, information sessions, and other outlets with the aim of providing foundational knowledge to support academic strategic planning.
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Workshops and Faculty Development Events
Faculty Diversity Workshops 2015:
A result of a faculty mandate for more inclusity training opportunities, these workshops brought themes and materials presented at the 2014 workshop to a wider group of faculty. The workshop materials and recommended resources are invaluable starting point for discussions in this area. See the workshop pages for these materials:
Building Inclusive Classrooms: Summer 2014 Mellon FaCE Workshop
This link leads to the website for the 2nd Summer Mellon Workshop on the 21st Century Student: Building Inclusive Classrooms.
As faculty explore new ways to engage students--in the conventional classroom and through so-called "high-impact practices" (collaborative and experiential learning, undergraduate research and capstone projects, global education)--, we discover that the community of learners is not ready-made. Our students arrive with various approaches to the academic enterprise and a variety of skills to master it, but they may be different from the ones we value highly in ourselves. The rich diversity of experiences our students bring to our classrooms presents opportunities, nevertheless, to advance our agenda for a 21st century education.
The workshop's resources provide guidance in confronting new challenges when designing courses, cultivating classroom atmosphere, crafting course assignments, providing effective feedback, and addressing the host of other features of curricular design.
The campus conversations during Spring Term 2014 indicated, among many things, that we may not successfully communicate the value we attach to an inclusive and supportive educational experience at Knox, even when that is precisely the goal to which we aspire. These short statements,
produced by the workshop participants, express in no uncertain terms the faculty's unwavering commitment to the goal of inclusion and the professional and pedagogical development necessary to achieve it.
Learning Disabilities and Learning Accommodations
- information from The Office of Disability Support Services
- Academic Accommodations: Information for Faculty
- Frequently Asked Questions about Students Needing Accommodations
Summer Common Reading
The Summer Common Reading is feature of the "One Community" New Student Orientation. Selected by a committee of faculty, staff, and students, the reading reflects the interests and needs of the Knox community.
Chronicle of Higher Education Diversity and Inclusivity Main Page
A rotating collection of prominent articles and useful data. Some content requires subscription login in through the Knox Library page