Inclusive Teaching Series

The Inclusive Teaching Network, a working group of graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff supported by the Center for Teaching Innovation and CU-CIRTL, strives to organize monthly events on important topics relating to identity, diversity, and inclusion in college teaching. Interested in getting involved? Join our listserv!

Upcoming Events

Teaching Inclusively

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET * Meets online *

As student demographics become more diverse, incidents of race and racism, privilege and power regularly impact undergraduates on our campuses. Without training, knowing how to address these inequities effectively can be uncomfortable and challenging. 

This online workshop is designed to build your confidence in dealing with "hot moments" or "difficult discussions" in the classroom by giving you practice navigating these situations. The emphasis in the session is on deconstructing conversations and receiving feedback.

This workshop will have one online session on Tuesday, December 5 at 2-4:00 PM ET. Participants will have readings to complete before the first session. Learn more

By participating in this workshop, participants will:
  • explore the perspectives of underrepresented and minoritized students on our campuses, 
  • discuss a framework for addressing hot moments and difficult discussions in the classroom,
  • practice what to say during these hot moments or difficult discussions.

This workshop is open for registration until 1:00 pm ET on Monday, November 20. The workshop is limited to 50 participants. CIRTL Network staff will refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority. Register

INTERGROUP DIALOGUE PROJECT: Winter 2018 Session for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Do you ever find it challenging to connect with your students? With faculty? With colleagues? Have you ever encountered power dynamics in your field or at Cornell that you didn’t know how to address? Have you ever been in a situation where someone said something that made you uncomfortable and you didn’t know how to react? Do you ever want to talk about social identities like race, gender or sexual orientation, but you don’t know how? Do you want to connect with others who have the same questions?

The Intergroup Dialogue Project will be offering one 5-session course for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars that will be focusing on such questions on the following dates:

  • Monday, January 8, 2018 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, January 12, 2018 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Friday, January 19, 2018 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Monday, January 22, 2018 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Applicants must be able to fully attend all five sessions.

If you are interested, please submit an application by December 6, 2017. We will notify applicants of their acceptance by December 11, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact IDP Program Assistant, Natasha Steinhall or IDP Director, Dr. Adi Grabiner-Keinan.

Past Events

Beverly Tatum Talk: Why Are All the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Campus Conversations About Race in the 21st Century 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Sage Chapel

The Center for Teaching ExcellenceEngaged Cornell, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, and the Graduate School welcome Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita at Spelman College, to campus on September 13.
Dr. Tatum is a nationally recognized authority on racial issues and the psychology of racism in America, in exploring racial stereotypes and cross-racial dialogue. She will be presenting from her book, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, with a discussion to follow. 
The first 100 to RSVP to this talk will receive a fully revised and updated copy of Dr. Tatum's critically acclaimed book.

INTERGROUP DIALOGUE PROJECT: Summer Offerings for Graduate Students & Postdocs

The Intergroup Dialogue Project, the Graduate School, and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, have been working together to create a meaningful process for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to explore their social identities, to practice communication across difference, and to think together about authentic diversity in academia. This peer-led course enables participants to reflect on their personal experiences related to such issues, but to also explore ways through which they can promote equity and inclusion in their academic spaces and circles. 

Course 1: July 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, and 27, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. 

Course 2: July 3, August 3, August 7, August 10, August 14, and August 17, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 

This summer program offering for Graduate Students and PostdoctoralScholars has been made possible through funding support from the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and CU-CIRTL.

Read here to see what past participants of the program have said about the impact this experience has had on their personal and professional lives.

2017 Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs 

The Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs is a two-day retreat occurring Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, 2017. Participants will engage proactively in complex discussions about aspects of diversity at Cornell and beyond. Through readings, activities, and discussion, participants will expand their understanding of diversity and implement new ideas into their syllabi, teaching practices and philosophies. Learn more.

INTERGROUP DIALOGUE PROJECT: Special Sessions on Social Justice in the Sciences

Especially in the sciences, graduate students rarely receive the training needed to address cultural and social differences they encounter during their careers. Learning how to communicate and work across difference is an essential skill in any career, and this program will allow graduate students to explore their social identities, to practice communication across difference, and to think together about authentic diversity in academia. This peer-led course enables participants to reflect on their personal experiences related to such issues, but to also explore ways through which they can promote equity and inclusion in their academic spaces and circles. This workshop series is complementary to the longer-format graduate course in IDP. 

Session 1: March 11 & 12, 11 AM - 2 PM

Session 2: March 25 & 26, 11 AM - 2 PM

Session 3: March 20 & 22, 5:30-8:30 PM

This IDP Program is made possible by funding from the American Association of University Women.

Regional Learning Community on Inclusive Teaching

A 7-week program for current and future faculty at Cornell, Columbia, University of Rochester, and University at Buffalo. Through online group discussions and in-person workshops, participants will develop an understanding of the impact of identity, attitudes, and biases on student learning, and explore teaching strategies to create more inclusive learning environments.

Readings and Online Discussions: May 1-June 11, 2016

One-day in-person symposium: June 15, 2016

  • University of Rochester River Campus, Rochester, NY

  • Speaker: Dr. Heather Hackman

  • Topics: Inclusive Teaching Strategies: Course Design and Classroom Behavior, Navigating Bias-Related Incidents and Our Roles

Please contact to register for the program. Travel grants are available for CIRTL-participating graduate students and postdocs.

Downloadable Flyer (PDF)

Creating Inclusive Courses: Universal Design and Beyond

  • Thursday, May 26, from 3:00-5:30 pm
  • 107 Morrill Hall
  • Presenter: Dr. Peter Martin, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Education, Ithaca College

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The Practice of Inclusive Teaching in STEM

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 10:30-1:30 (lunch provided)
  • 226 Weill Hall
  • Panelists: Dr. Mark Lewis, Dr. Cissy Ballen, Nicholas Mason, Dr. Michelle Tong
  • Bring a syllabus or work on enhancing a provided one. Optional certificates are available - more details will be sent to interested registrants.


Downloadable Flyer (PDF)

The Future of Diversity: Rethinking Pedagogy in Diverse College Classrooms

  • Friday, April 15, 2016 from 3:00-4:30 pm
  • G-08 Uris Hall
  • Presenter: Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, Ithaca College

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Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs

  • Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, 2016 from 9:30-2:00
  • 423 ILR Conference Center
  • By application - deadline: January 10, 2016



See Also:

CTE's Faculty Institute for Diversity



Funding for this series is provided by a grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates to the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning.