Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Diversity & Inclusion in the Classroom

Diversity & Inclusivity in the ClassroomInclusive learning environments are those in which all students feel valued and respected. As an institution, Cal Poly is working to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and student populations as well as to create a more inclusive campus climate. Educators play a key role in ensuring all students have an equitable chance of succeeding academically and feel a sense of belonging in our classrooms and on our campus. See the pages listed on the menu at the right for ideas and strategies on how to create and maintain inclusive and diverse classrooms. Below is a listing of various programs and services.

Student Pronouns and Preferred Names

Consistently using personal pronouns and preferred names is key for creating a more inclusive campus culture.

Since March 2019, students, staff, and faculty have had the option to be listed in the Cal Poly directory under their preferred name.

Canvas users can now indicate their personal pronouns in their user settings. To learn more, visit What's New in Canvas.

To support faculty and staff in using personal pronouns and preferred names, the CTLT has prepared:

Pronouns and Preferred Names Resource Page

Pronouns And Preferred Names FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Fostering Inclusion In The Classroom Culture

One of the important ways that Cal Poly educators can help all students to be successful is to foster a class environment that is conducive to learning by establishing core commitments to inclusion and support of diversity. One effective way for faculty do this is by conveying their personal and professional values for diversity and inclusion directly and clearly to students through a syllabus Diversity & Inclusion statement.

The page linked below provides guidance, resources and examples of Diversity & Inclusion statements. The statement language can also be useful whenever faculty recognize the need to restate their personal and professional support for Diversity & Inclusion when incidents in class, on campus, or elsewhere undermine students' sense of inclusion and belonging at Cal Poly. 

Syllabus Diversity & Inclusion Statements

You may also find it useful to give you students this document to guide their participation in synchronous Zoom class sessions: "Recommendations for Students in Virtual Learning Environments."

"Teaching for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity" (TIDE)

Summer-Fall 2020

Creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus is the responsibility of all campus community members, including faculty. This professional development opportunity is designed for Cal Poly educators who seek to incorporate inclusive teaching practices and infuse diversity principles into their teaching consistent with the campus’s Diversity Learning Objectives (DLOs). The program contributes to progress on two of Cal Poly’s university-wide diversity imperatives: (1) “enhance [the] campus climate” and (2) “exemplify inclusive excellence in Learn by Doing, scholarship, teaching, and learning.” Faculty participation in this program can help departments and colleges make progress on their diversity, equity and inclusion goals and contribute to a more inclusive campus community. This is the fifth year for this program, which launched in 2016 as a collaboration of the CTLT and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI).

More information and to apply

Book Circles on Diversity and Inclusion


CTLT regularly sponsors (and co-sponsors) book circles on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics during the academic year and over summer. They are open to all campus educators: faculty at all ranks and staff with an educational role. These are designed to prompt informed discussions within the campus community and to stimulate valuable insights that can Cal Poly to become a more inclusive campus. Visit the CTLT's Book Circles page to see offerings for an upcoming quarter. If you are interested in co-facilitating a book circle or recommending a book, please contact Sarah Macdonald, Inclusive Excellence Instruction Specialist. Recent titles include:


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