During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, in collaboration with the Center for Learning and Teaching, produced a Canvas-based diversity, equity, and inclusion faculty training focused on race and gender. This training was designed to invite faculty with all levels of knowledge on these important topics to engage with practical strategies and theory for increasing equity and inclusion in your courses. While the training was created before the widespread recognition of injustice against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Americans in response to the summer 2020 racial justice protests and anti-Asian hate crimes, or the wave of anti-transgender state legislation across the country in 2021, it addresses many of the issues surrounding those current events in practical ways.
Start here: Three Practical Things You Can Do Right Now to avoid doing harm (faculty login to Canvas required)
Topics covered in the training course include:
- General vocabulary for discussing equity, inclusion, bias, and injustice
- Specific vocabulary for understanding racial, gender, ethnic, and religious identities and discrimination
- Students’ accounts of their experiences with both racial and gender discrimination and successful faculty strategies for dealing with that discrimination at Champlain
- Exploration of racial tokenism, the spokesperson effect, and intersectionality
- Exploration of gender identity, pronouns, and what LGBTQIA+ students want us to know
- Strategies for identifying implicit bias
- Ways of creating an inclusive classroom
The training includes interactive exercises to help you self-test your learning. These exercises are not graded or kept with any personnel records. While the entire training may take several hours to complete, it is divided into three main modules to allow you to complete it in stages.
You can access the full training via Canvas (faculty login required). New faculty or academic staff who cannot access the training should contact the CLT.
Get more information from the CLT’s resources for learning about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.