Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Recommended Resources for Diversity and Inclusion

handshake with words for supportBelow you will find a variety of resources to explore as you consider key inclusive teaching techniques you may choose to employ in your classrooms. You will also find important and timely support services available to you at Cal Poly. Please explore the curated list below to learn more. 


Additional Resources for Inclusive Teaching

  • CTLT's Inclusive Teaching Tips: This is a quick list of inclusive teaching tips for classrooms and labs that are based on the research around inclusive teaching. If you are looking for a more extensive checklist for incorporating inclusive teaching practices into your courses, please visit Reflecting on Your Practice: Applying Inclusive Teaching Principles from the University of Michigan CRLT. Remember that even though these lists provide some concrete practices to use in your teaching, inclusive teaching is a lens that must be developed over time. It can be useful to consider a few techniques to try out and then to add to your repertoire over time.
  • Overview of Inclusive Teaching, University of Michigan CRLT. This is a brief, but thorough, overview of the research basis for inclusive teaching and some of the key findings around the importance of inclusion in the classroom. 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Syllabi Statements. Developing a statement for your syllabus is an effective way to clarify, concretize, and share your values regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in your discipline and in your classroom. The CTLT page for Recommended Syllabus Statements provides example syllabi statements for inclusion and classroom climate, as well as a number of other recommended statements. You can learn more about creating your own statement at the CTLT's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Syllabi Statements page. 
  • CTLT's Resources for Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom. This webpage provides links to a number of resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and learning. These resources are often added to and updated, so check back often and see the CTLT newsletter for announcements about new resources. 

Resources for Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Learning Environments

If you are teaching online check out the Strategies for Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Instruction guide. This guide is intended as a starting point for instructors to consider the ways in which they can intentionally build equity and inclusion in their virtual courses. 

This guide contains the following sections:

Community Expectations in Virtual Learning Environments

If you are teaching online, consider distributing Cal Poly’s Recommendations for Students in Virtual Learning Environments to all students; these recommendations are designed to help students contribute to their classroom communities, to treat their classmates and instructors with respect, and to support student success.  You can also read more about Suggestions for Communicating Expectations and Limiting Detrimental Situations in the Virtual Learning Environment.

Support from the CTLT

  • Sign up for an individual consultation about inclusive teaching. Contact Sarah Macdonald at smacdo05@calpoly.edu to schedule a consultation to determine how to incorporate inclusive teaching strategies into your repertoire or to explore how to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion-related topics into your courses.
  • Sign up for CTLT workshops or request a workshop. CTLT regularly offers book circles, learning communities, workshops, and tailored programming for departments and colleges. Considering signing up for a workshop advertised in the CTLT newsletter, or contact CTLT staff to offer a Workshop by Request in your department or college. 


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