News Category: Inclusivity

Disability Studies Awareness Speaker Series Kicks Off

Sept. 7, 2019

The Disability Studies Awareness Speaker Series is a monthly event organized by the Texas Center for Disability Studies in partnership with colleges across the University of Texas.

Be Yourself and Learn Computer Science

Aug. 29, 2019

What do you do for fun?  Knit or sew?  Watch movies?  Read?  Play sports or video games?  Play an instrument?  Listen to music?  Dance?  Spend time with family and friends?

Now, think back to the last time you thought about STEM: science, technology, engineering, or math.  Did it give you as much joy as your favorite activities?

"Plus-One" Thinking: A Framework for Inclusive Teaching

June 6, 2019

Next week the Faculty Innovation Center is hosting the Big XII Teaching and Learning Conference, and one of our fabulous keynotes is Thomas J. Tobin. I first had the fortunate opportunity to meet Tom during an Educause course he taught on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Since that time, Tom has modeled for me, as he does for countless others, how to effectively and innovatively implement UDL in higher education.

Othering, Belonging, and Gathering at UT and Beyond

May 13, 2019

This April I had the opportunity to attend the Othering and Belonging 2019 Conference, hosted by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California-Berkeley. The three-day, biennial conference focuses on what the Haas Institute’s mission to investigate social hierarchies based on power differentials and resource access (you can find more about the Haas Institute and the Othering and Belonging Journal here).

Addressing Title IX Concerns in the Classroom

Dec. 15, 2018

Maggie Campbell, Title IX Deputy, recommends adding specific language in syllabi provides advice to faculty and instructors for handling Title IX situations to build a better community.

The 4th Box: Visualizing an Inclusive Classroom

Sept. 28, 2018

How we talk about diversity and inclusivity matters. Do you see inclusivity as a hurdle to overcome? An invitation to a table? What about as a baseball game? This August, the Faculty Innovation Center was fortunate to have this conversation during a workshop with a group of Fulbright Scholars visiting from Iraq.

Creating An Inclusive Campus: The "Voices Against Violence" Program at UT

April 20, 2018

Inclusive teaching means slowing down. Rushing, skipping, glossing over: these are the ways in which we can forget, ignore, marginalize and hurt. Social justice facilitator and writer adrienne maree brown writes in her most recent book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds about adjusting to a “slower self." A “self” that is intentional, sustainable, and connected.

Placing Students at the Center

Jan. 30, 2018

For me, inclusive teaching means thinking about who is included—and excluded—from curricular materials. Part of the experience of teaching for me goes back to my earliest days as a student. In high school, I didn't envision a path to college, but I had exemplary mentors. I managed to arrive at UT in fall 1990, thinking that I had what it took to be successful. A few months later, I was certain that my college experience was going to come to an abrupt end. As a first generation, African American male from a moderate-income background, I felt like an outlier on campus.