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

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INTERGROUP DIALOGUE PROJECT: Summer Offerings for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Summer Schedule

During Summer 2017, the Intergroup Dialogue Project will be hosting two courses for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.

The first course (course 1) will take place on July 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, and 27th. Each day will go from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. 

The second course (course 2) will take place on July 31st, August 3rd, August 7th, August 10th, August 14th, and August 17th. Each day will go from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 

Please fill out the following application form by Thursday, May 25th. You will be notified June 6th with information regarding the status of your application. Make sure to indicate on the form which course you can participate in. If either course works for you, please indicate that as well. You will only be placed in one of the two courses.

If you have any questions, please contact IDP Program Coordinator, Julia Fleury at or IDP Director, Dr. Adi Grabiner-Keinan at


To apply, please fill out this application form.

About the Intergroup Dialogue Project                                 

The Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) seeks to transform the campus climate at Cornell though courses for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The courses we offer blend theory with experiential learning, and they are designed to facilitate communication across social, cultural, and power differences in a critical and meaningful way. Focusing on social identities such as race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and gender, the main goals of IDP are to promote the development of consciousness about social identity, oppression, and privilege; to build relationships across differences and conflicts; and to strengthen individual and collective capacities to promote social justice and equity.

Our main program for undergraduate students has grown rapidly: from 30 students in 2 sections in Fall 2012, to over 200 students in 13 sections in Spring 2017. Our goal is to continue training 200 students per semester so that at any given time there will be at least 1000 students using their skills to make a difference on campus and beyond. IDP is growing to include peer-led programs for staff and faculty as well.

However, graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are required to communicate and work across cultural, social, and power differences on a daily basis. They interact with mentors, colleagues, undergraduate students, and professors in a variety of academic settings, and need to navigate different spaces, ways of thought, and academic practice. Throughout their long and complex training, many of them are also occupied with questions and thoughts about the scholarsand professionals they want to become, and how different aspects of their identity might influence their “professional persona."

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. 

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.

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 - RSVP

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.

Past Events

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.