The guidelines and suggestions on this page are designed to help instructors facilitate classroom discussion around incidents targeting members of the University community based on their identities or beliefs and other behaviors that express hostility, derision or violence. In the wake of such incidents on campus or in the wider community, instructors may want to plan discussions or be ready to handle unexpected questions. The following guidelines help address both contexts.
Inclusive classrooms are classrooms in which instructors and students work together to create and sustain an environment in which everyone feels safe, supported, and encouraged to express her or his views and concerns. In these classrooms, the content is explicitly viewed from the multiple perspectives and varied experiences of a range of groups.
The goals of this teaching guide are threefold: 1) to discuss the importance of inclusivity in the classroom, 2) to present examples of teaching more inclusively, and 3) to provide additional resources for further guidance.
Inclusive teaching is much too broad to be confined to any one pedagogy or method. Rather, inclusive teaching can be thought of as a worldview or way of thinking. The intentional practice of supporting students of all abilities, genders, races, and backgrounds is integral to the success and mission of UCF.
The Diversity Style Guide is a resource to help journalists and other media professionals cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity. This guide, initially a project of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University, brings together definitions and information from more than two dozen style guides, journalism organizations and other resources.
Resources for K-12 Teachers, Students, and Parents
From PBS Kids: Children's books are one of the most effective tools to engage with young children on important issues. To encourage conversations about race and diversity with your children, check out this list of books to read together as a family.