Each year, our graduate teaching fellows design and facilitate a workshop as part of their work with the OTLT Center for Teaching. In this Q&A, we feature Mary Aldugom, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and a 2019-2020 graduate fellow.  

Mary will facilitate Small Inclusive Teaching Strategies on Thursday, Oct. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. Her workshop was postponed last semester due to tCOVID-19.  

Why did you select this as the topic of your workshop? 

Incorporating inclusive teaching techniques in the classroom can feel daunting. Instructors have the responsibility to create learning environments that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive; however, it can be challenging to know where to begin. The goal of this workshop is to learn small teaching techniques that can easily be incorporated at any time. 

As a first-generation American and first-generation college student, I have personally experienced the challenges of navigating academic settings, and I know the positive impact that inclusive practices can have firsthand. I have chosen this topic to shed light on the importance of inclusivity in the classroom as well as the many resources that are available to make this possible.  

What knowledge or skill set do you hope participants gain?  

The focus of the workshop is to explore the importance of inclusivity in the classroom as well as to gain insight on inclusive teaching strategies that are easy to implement in any classroom. Why is it important to create an inclusive teaching environment? Which students are hurt the most when classrooms aren’t inclusive? What can we do as instructors to support our students? These important questions, among others, will be addressed in this workshop.  

Is there anything else you'd like people to know about the workshop?  

Figuring out how to incorporate inclusive teaching strategies in your own classroom doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This workshop will cover the basics of inclusivity while giving participants the information and skills necessary to implement techniques in their classroom as soon as tomorrow. 

Register for Small Inclusive Teaching Strategies.