Sometimes it is difficult to slow down in our busy day and check ourselves: do our actions align with our values?
Think about the times you might have witnessed a microaggression, a thinly-veiled derogatory comment against yourself or someone else regarding innate factors of personal identity. Did this happen in a store or restaurant... on a public bus... or in a classroom or office on campus? When it happened, did you speak up? Did you feel equipped to respond in the situation? Do you ever get to debrief about these kinds of interactions, or discuss what might have been done differently? What if you could?
Individuals across our CU Boulder community who are interested in making excellence inclusive are invited to attend open Inclusive Communities of Practice (ICoP) sessions. Co-hosted by ODECE and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), these are 90-minute meetings organized around a topic related to diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, and human interaction. These conversations are meant to be “brave spaces” where faculty, staff and students can talk honestly about areas of concern and practice techniques for making excellence inclusive in your everyday lived experiences.
ODECE and the CTL's Inclusive Communities of Practice (ICoP) are organized to focus on topics that help participants learn and practice inclusivity in actionable ways, specifically related to teaching and learning (pedagogy) practices, and workplace practices.
We've been hosting these sessions since the Fall of 2017 and welcome guest presenters or guest topic facilitators. We often draw on topics that are inspired by ODECE's nationally-known expert practitioners from our Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop series.
If you have any questions about the ICoP, or if you would like to join our mailing list, please reach out to Dr. Alaina Beaver, Initiatives Director of Social Climate Strategy.
Spring 2020 Schedule
Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm | Room: E351
April 27, 2020: Native and Indigenous at CU Boulder
Join us for a session with Andrew Cowell, Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS). He'll open with a short presentation on the current discussions on campus about the need for a Land Acknowledgment related to indigenous presence in Colorado and the history of CU Boulder. The session will move to a discussion of this particular issue, its origins, and suggestions for future progress. Cowell will then talk more generally about some of the particular challenges that indigenous students, staff and faculty continue to face on the CU Boulder campus specifically, and how the broader community can be more effective and supportive allies for this particular CU group, in a spirit of inclusiveness that also recognizes the unique status of Native Americans in the US as well as at CU Boulder.
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April 13, 2020: Working and Teaching Remotely
Impromptu session about the challenges and potential benefits of teaching during the pandemic crisis, including considerations related to inclusive excellence. Facilitated by ODECE and CTL core team members, participants will engage in breakout groups on the given topic and report out to the larger group.
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March 30, 2020: CANCELED
March 9, 2020: Finding the "Us" in Inclusion: What do you need to be an inclusive educator?
We will start with an overview of inclusive practices for the classroom. Participants will determine the gap between intent and impact by examining written reflections of underrepresented students on our campus regarding campus climate and sense of belonging. Using the student voice as a platform, we will discuss and develop activities that the Center for Teaching and Learning could provide to meet the needs of faculty, graduate students and instructors to become inclusive educators.
Feb. 24, 2020: Authenticity or Plantation Politics
Intersectionality has achieved intellectual acknowledgment as a critical consciousness tool for which there is scant evidence of pedagogical practice in universities. Following Susan Jones’, an Ohio University professor, research on leadership development, this session will examine ways of “incorporating attention to multiple social identities and larger structures of inequality.” The exploration and discussion will provide an opportunity for attendees to grapple with the question “Who is the University of Colorado Boulder in the DEI world? It is an authentic DEI practitioner or a purveyor of Plantation Politics?
Feb. 10, 2020: Be Who? Storytelling as a Conceptual Pathway From Opportunity to Engagement
College is routinely described as an opportunity for students to become anyone they want to be—for “you to be you” as CU Boulder celebrates—and academic exploration is encouraged as a way to find the “right path.” But what happens when your interests lead you to opportunities where you feel like an imposter? We will explore how storytelling can chart conceptual pathways to transformative ways of thinking about the self that allow students to take risks in the exploration of potential identities and find belonging in new contexts. We will practice using flexible narrative structures to tell the stories of the impressive and often intimidating people they encounter on their path of self-discovery.
Jan. 27, 2020: Anti-Racist Practices in Teaching and Learning
Grounded in theory, anti-racist pedagogy practices are founded in transparency and critical thinking. Join us for a session that delves into ways to take your inclusive teaching and learning practices and deepen them further--to become actively anti-racist. We'll look at everything from syllabus statements to content and assessment design to individual positionality--everything is fair game for a conversation that invites us to re-examine the role of anti-racist pedagogy across disciplines.
Jan. 13, 2020: Policy on Workplace Bullying
The CU Boulder campus adopted a policy last summer prohibiting bullying in the workplace. Join us in this session to learn more about what the campus definition of workplace bullying is, the implications of this policy, and a discussion about the interplay of this new policy, academic freedom and freedom of expression.
Eight Monday Sessions: All took place in CASE W313 | 10:30 am - 12 noon unless otherwise noted
9/9/2020 Equity and High Impact Practices | Rec Center Middle Meeting Room
Description: Come explore the equity component to High Impact Practices (HIPs) for education! Whether you are new to HIPs or are already hip to HIPs, this session will help participants identify and articulate how HIPs are connected to equity. We’ll explore how HIPs are associated with disproportionately positive outcomes for students from low-income and historically underserved backgrounds. We’ll look at examples of how HIPs can benefit students holistically across their student experience. Lastly, we’ll engage in a discussion of how equity can become a more ingrained lens for all kinds of learning experiences through a few easily applied tactics.
9/23/2020 Mindful mentorship best practices
Description: Who do you mentor? By whom are you mentored? In this session we will discuss mentoring scenarios from the perspectives of the mentor and mentee, to consider how we can get the most out of these formative relationships. We will discuss how we can attend to potential issues of equity and inclusion, as well as take time to plan for our future mentoring interactions. This session is open to students, faculty, and staff from all corners of the university.
10/7/2020 Effective feedback for students
Description: How do students know that they are on track to meet the learning goals for your course? In this session we will discuss why it is important to give students feedback during the learning process, when to time this feedback for the most student impact, and how to give effective feedback while attending to possible issues of equity and inclusion. This work session is targeted for anyone who gives feedback to students, or who wants to learn and practice research-validated strategies for giving feedback within the workplace.
10/21/2020 Inclusive meetings best practices
Description: Join us for a conversation about ways we might create environments in campus meetings that encourage differing thoughts and opinions, a sense of belonging and participation from all attendees. Discuss the ways that meetings can be more inclusive, beginning in the planning stages, guidelines for during the meeting, norms of collaboration, and meeting activities. Come prepared to share ideas, problem-solve current meeting issues and learn ways to make excellence inclusive in our meeting spaces.
11/4 /2020 Gender dynamics in STEM/Research environments
Description: Gain awareness of and the ability to interrupt sexism in research and creative environments on campus and beyond so that these high-impact spaces are empowering places for women and members of the LGBTQ community.
11/18/2020 Habits of inclusion for classroom culture
Description: Join us as we share effective practices for creating and sustaining an inclusive learning environment for everyone. We’ll start out with an exemplar syllabus statement and encourage you to think about how to improve your own syllabi. We’ll then examine a few key practices, share extensive resources, and engage in discussion to mine the expertise in the room.
12/2/2020 Mindful, Inclusive Mentorship (building on our session from 9/23)
Description: In our first mentorship session on September 23, we talked through some challenging mentoring scenarios with an implicit equity and inclusion lens (access here). In this follow up session, we will spend time on the “mindful” part of effective mentoring. How can we attend to equity and inclusion as a mentor? What does it mean for a mentor to be inclusive? We welcome participants from the first “mindful mentoring” session, as well as students, faculty, and staff from all corners of the University of Colorado community.
12/16/2020 Policy on Workplace Bullying, implications of this new policy that came into effect June 1, 2019
Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and also please feel free to share this information with your interested colleagues!
- 9/12/18 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Regent 1B86 | - Reddit: Policies, strategies, and lessons learned while implementing inclusive workplace practices
- 9/26/18 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Regent 1B86 | Topic: How to talk about race in the workplace
- 10/10/18 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Regent 252 | Topic: Accessibility in the workplace
- 10/24/18 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Regent 252 | Topic: Accessibility in the workplace
- 11/7/18 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Regent 252 | Topic: Equity in the workplace, succession planning
- 12/5/18 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Regent 252 | Topic: The IDEA Plan and the workplace
- 12/12/18 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Regent 252 | Topic: The IDEA Plan and the workplace
- 2/13/19 10:00 - 11:30 am in Regent 1B86 | Topic: How to Apply the IDEA Plan to Your Workplace and Practices
- 2/27/19 10:00 - 11:30 am in Regent 1B86 | Topic: How to Apply the IDEA Plan to Your Workplace and Practices
- 3/13/19 10:00 - 11:30 am in Regent 1B60 | Topic: Cancelled: snow day
- 4/10/19 10:00 - 11:30 am in Regent 1B86 | Topic: Cancelled: conflict with Chancellor's Advisory Committees meeting with the Chancellor's Cabinet
- 4/24/19 10:00 - 11:30 am in Regent 1B86 | Topic: Making Excellence Inclusive in the Workplace and the Classroom in Localized Ways
- 4/29/19 10:00 - 11:30 am in Regent 1B86 | Topic: Inclusion and High Impact Practices in the Student Workplace with the CU Peak Program