Faculty have an opportunity to improve their practice of inclusion for two underrepresented populations of students — LGBT and Muslim students — in their classes by participating in the inclusive excellence courses offered by Faculty and Instructional Development. Upon completing these courses, faculty will be able to create an environment and facilitate learning that is inclusive of all learners, while considering the individual differences within the class. Participants will also learn how to infuse topics to create understanding of, and empathy for, diverse communities.
Professor of Humanities Adriene Tribble and Coordinator of Employee Development Sally Leslie have designed INDV3251: Creating an Environment for Inclusive Excellence to help support faculty, librarians and counselors in establishing learning environments that are sensitive and supportive of all student groups.
“Inclusive excellence is really about our culture and community,” Adriene said. “In our beautifully diverse Valencia community, we have many different voices, and all of those voices matter. Inclusive excellence fosters a culture in which all of those voices feel valued and heard.”
This is in step with a year-long focus at the College on inclusion and diversity, and these opportunities are supplementary to the reading circles on equity and belonging.
Faculty interested in creating this environment in their classes can learn more about inclusive excellence specifically with regards to LGBT and Muslim student populations. The course is offered in two different formats to focus on either of these two student groups.
Faculty have previously taken this course either because they have an interest in the specific student community and wish to learn more about it, or they’ve had a specific interaction with a student that they wish they handled better. These courses encourage participants to not avoid, but rather embrace, speaking about and highlighting issues that affect our underrepresented communities.
One colleague told Adriene that, as a result of the training, she was implementing an activity from the inclusive excellence course into her own teaching, and she also went on to become a faculty leader for a Gay-Straight Alliance student group.
“As we grow in our awareness that student comfort in their learning environments is directly and inextricably tied to their learning, it is our opportunity and responsibility to establish an inclusive and welcoming climate,” Adriene said.
INDV3251: Creating an Environment for Inclusive Excellence through the LGBT Lens
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Building 11, Room 218
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, TBD
INDV3251: Creating an Environment for Inclusive Excellence through the Islamic Lens
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: East Campus, Building 8, Room 131
To sign up for one of these above sessions, visit the Valencia EDGE.