the semester is coming to an end, the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee
would like to share some resources for faculty members who are teaching courses
in the Psychology Department.
the beginning of the year, faculty received information on how to better
support our students given the pandemic and surge in racial justice movement
(see here: https://ase.tufts.edu/psychology/about/support-students.htm).
Now that we’re nearing the end of spring semester, the EDI Committee has put
together a series of optional course evaluation measures that you can choose to
distribute to your students. This survey will be helpful in determining if any
changes you have made to your course impacted students in a positive way, or to
assess potential future changes to your course.
course evaluation items that Maria Garay, Rachel Wang, and Hasan Abdel-Nabi
created are intended to promote anti-racist initiatives, which is the focal
point of the EDI committee’s work. If you would like to know more about why the
course evaluation items are focused on racial identity, please re-visit the
Ways to Support All Students resource on our website or read the Department
Statement in response to the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and
George Floyd, and the pandemic of racism in the United States (https://tufts.app.box.com/v/psy-dept-statement-2020-june).
This is a word document with the set of questions we recommend. You may choose some, all, or a modified form of any of these questions for your class, as appropriate. One part of the EDI committee’s mission is to support students of color; therefore, it is important to consider perceptions of the class and class materials from the perspectives of your students of color. This is why we recommend that, in some cases, it is helpful to include questions that ask about the students’ racial identities. However, it is important to keep in mind that, especially in small classes, but also in large classes that are racially homogeneous, such questions may make it easy to identify students who respond. We encourage you to preserve the anonymity of student responses by responsibly selecting items you believe are most beneficial for understanding your class climate. If you would like to receive the full set of questions programmed into a Qualtrics survey, this is a .qsf file that you can download and upload into Qualtrics.
you decide to use any of these questions, the data you collect from your survey
will go to you, of course, and not the EDI committee. If you believe, after
distributing the survey and reviewing the responses, that there are additional
changes you would like to make to your course, some resources to assist in the
process would include:
Contact CELT (Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching; https://provost.tufts.edu/celt/), as
they have many professional services that can help better your classroom and
You may also review the Ways to Support All Students resources, as there are
many resources under the “Promote Anti-Racist Values” section.
Lastly, you can contact the EDI committee (chair: email@example.com), as we would
be more than happy to think through additional ways for revising course content
hope this resource will be useful to you all as we begin to approach the end of