Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education

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Engaging a room full of students with diverse needs, backgrounds and experiences can be challenging! Even veteran instructors can struggle to create a classroom environment that feels truly collaborative and inclusive. Impact Interactive brings real classroom challenges to life, engaging participants in meaningful dialoge and problem-solving that can lead to lasting positive change.

Our program includes interactive activities, small group discussion, a scripted, interactive scene (described below), and addresses the following questions:

  • What are the challenges of effectively engaging a diverse group of students?

  • How do the assumptions we make based on race, gender, culture, language, learning style, ability, etc. impact the way we relate to students and affect the overall classroom environment?

  • What is unconscious bias and what role does it play?

  • How does empathy impact our teaching skills?

  • What can we do to be more inclusive and encourage participation from all students?

“In the Thick of It”
When Professor Jones attempts to lead her undergraduate biology section, she has trouble managing the diverse needs of her students. Ryan seems bored and uninterested; Jasmine is afraid to speak up for fear of being wrong; Andres struggles to speak English, relying on his friend Mari to interpret for him; Olivia has moderate hearing loss and loses focus when she arrives late and can’t find a seat up front; AJ is a fast-paced bio wiz who dominates discussion; Brandon needs additional time to process information but has not shared details of his learning needs with Professor Jones, who assumes he doesn’t understand the material. The scene freezes when a conflict between students arises and the class begins to spiral out of Professor Jones’ control.