Inclusive Teaching

Undergraduate students in front of the Jumbo statue on the Medford/Somerville Campus (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

“Inclusive classrooms are classrooms in which instructors and students work together to create and sustain an environment in which everyone feels safe, supported and encouraged to express her or his views and concerns. In these classrooms, the content is explicitly viewed from the multiple perspectives and varied experiences of a range of groups. Content is presented in a manner that reduces all students’ experiences of marginalization and, whenever possible, helps students understand that individuals’ experiences, values, and perspectives influence how they construct knowledge in any field or discipline. Instructors in inclusive classrooms use a variety of teaching methods in order to facilitate the academic achievement of all students. Inclusive classrooms are places in which thoughtfulness, mutual respect, and academic excellence are valued and promoted.” (Creating Inclusive College Classrooms, CRLT, UMich)

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