The Inclusive Classroom

The Inclusive Classroom

(formerly Intercultural Workshops)

Fridays, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Roser ATLAS 229

Intercultural Workshops

These workshops provide the opportunity for you to discuss international, domestic,

and classroom culture in a safe environment while developing new skills.



February 3

Students of Concern

Hans Foote, Director, Student Support and Case Management, Students of Concern Team

Student Support and Case Management assists students who are experiencing distress or impact and need additional resources and support. They meet with students, conduct a needs assessment and make referrals to appropriate resources. They also serve as a faculty resource by providing consultation about student problems and classroom management.

February 9

**NOTE: Special workshop on Thursday, February 9, co-sponsored with the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (FTEP)**

Addressing Challenging Situations in the Classroom

Anna Spain, Associate Professor of Law

This workshop will explore common challenges that faculty and students face in the classroom context. The workshop aims to raise examples and explore best practices. For example, a student questions your authority as professor in front of the class, what should you do? You are teaching material dealing with difficult issues (such as discrimination or aspects of identity such as gender or race), how can you best engage your students? A student faces personal challenges that are affecting his or her performance in class, what can you do and what must you do? This workshop will engage these and other common challenges and provide participants with a framework for understanding what is taking place and how you can best respond given your identity and the identity of those involved. The workshop is interactive. All are welcome. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED THROUGH FTEP

Thursday, Feb. 9
Rec Center Ice Overlook Large Meeting Room

February 10

Inclusive Classroom Discussion: A Strategy for Real-Time Recognition, Assessment and Response to Implicit Bias and Microaggression

Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, Assistant Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices, University of Denver

Participants unpack key terms and work through a simplified strategy for recognizing, assessing and responding to implicit bias and microaggression in everyday classroom interactions. The goal is to enact inclusive pedagogical practices to increase intrapersonal and interpersonal awareness and critically engage with our curriculum to address behaviors contributing to an uncomfortable and/or hostile learning environment.

February 17

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Charlotte Rotterdam, Director, Center for Advancement of Contemplative Education, Naropa University

In this session we will discuss some key principles of contemplative education and the potential benefits of integrating mindfulness practice in the classroom and on a student’s learning journey. We will also engage in a hands-on mindfulness practice to gain direct, personal experience and learn some tools that can be applied in a classroom setting. 

February 24

Working with Veterans in the Classroom

Kristina Spaeth, Veterans Academic Advisor, Office of Veteran Services, CU Boulder

Around 700 students attending classes at CU are military Veterans; this is approximately one out of every 33 students.  Veteran’s services advisor (and former CU grad student), Kristina Spaeth, will share technical information surrounding VA policies for Veteran students using the GI Bill, and will discuss common military mindsets in the classroom, and ways to support the success of student Veterans.

March 3

Passion in the Classroom: Affective Space or Contact Zone?

Gretchen Lang, PhD Student, Geography, CU Boulder

This workshop will examine how we establish classroom environments that build on, but move beyond, the notion of contact zones and how we create affective spaces of learning that ignite students’ passions, and their belief in the possibility of positive change.

March 10

Conflict De-escalation Training

Ashlyn Friend and Daniel Easton, Conflict Resolution Coordinators, Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, CU Boulder

Join the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) for a dialogue about conflicts that can result in the process of learning and teaching. In this workshop, you will learn more information about University policies related to disruptive classroom behavior and resources available to you within the OSCCR, as well as strategies for de-escalation in a conflict.

March 17

Inclusive Classrooms: What is it and How Do I Do It?

Vanessa Roberts, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, CU Boulder

Interested in the buzzwords flying around campus including and related to “inclusive excellence”? Wondering what it might mean to incorporate these ideas into your classroom? Then please join Vanessa Roberts to discuss practical tips, tricks, and strategies for making your classroom a place that fosters inclusion and supports student learning. Covering topics from course design to pedagogy, this seminar is applicable to our work as educators.

March 24

Student Assessment in the Inclusive Classroom

Eric Lee, Former Lead, Philosophy and Jonathan Spelman, Lead, Philosophy, CU Boulder

In making our classrooms more inclusive, we may have altered the topics we teach, the authors we read, and/or the examples we use in class. But have we changed the way we assess student learning? If not, we might want to. In this workshop, Eric and Jonathan describe how their goal of promoting inclusiveness affects the way they assess student learning and discuss of some practical changes we can all make (to the way we assess student learning) that will make our classes more inclusive.

All workshops count toward GTP certificate requirements.

All graduate students, undergraduate teaching & learning assistants, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff are welcome at GTP events and activities.

For further information, please call 303-492-4902.