Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Tanenbaum's Seven Principles of Inclusive Teaching.

Tanenbaum's Seven Principles for Inclusive Education

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

CTE takes pride in contributing to the university's Spiritan mission of providing education as an enriching experience for all members of our community. CTE's commitment to fostering the development of the whole person means that our definition of diversity is intentionally fluid so as to allow for continued expansion and inclusion of all identities. That said, it is worth acknowledging that our definition of diversity currently includes (but is not limited to): race, ethnicity, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, class, religion, disability, age, military status, visa status, economic status, geographic location, language/linguistic ability, neurodivergence, and current/past involvement with justice systems. It is also important to note the complexities of identity that emerge when multiple diversity aspects intersect.

The staff at CTE consistently work toward developing and maintaining an acute awareness of our own personal identities and how those identities have informed our approach to experiences, situations, and other individuals. At CTE, we believe that understanding who we are (our historical social context, values, goals, and biases) informs every aspect of the teaching and professional development in our educational environment. As such, we encourage all instructors and students to reflect on their own context and positionality as well so that they can work toward addressing and eliminating (intentional and/or unintentional) endangering behaviors that imperil the richness that diversity can, and does, provide classrooms and departments.

CTE also recognizes the historical lack of diversity that has troubled universities, including our own, for too long. Interconnected with discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion is a trauma-informed approach to education and learning environments. Trauma, defined broadly, is any event that causes bodily, emotional, mental, or spiritual harm and/or heightened distress. However, trauma is not limited to singular events like a car crash or the loss of a loved one; trauma can also be induced incrementally over time. Every person processes life's events differently due to a variety of factors, this means there is no way to put limits around "what counts as trauma." Consequently, trauma is whatever an individual reports as traumatizing. Many individuals are impacted by the cultural trauma of racism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other forms of prejudice. Being aware of this trauma and creating educational spaces that can carefully and empathetically address and move through traumatizing content is central to creating inclusive learning environments that allow the diversity of each whole person's lived experiences to flourish through deep and meaningful engagements with course content. It is just as necessary to create these healthy and informed learning experiences for students as well as for ourselves and our peers.

Inclusive Teaching at Duquesne

We encourage all instructors to participate in our Inclusive Teaching Challenge and review the inspiring work of their peers in our Inclusive Teaching Showcase. We also encourage you to look over this guide for Inclusive Syllabi Design inspired by What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching (Stylus 2021).

University Centers and Resources

The Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion

Center for African Studies

Center for Women and Gender Studies

Office for Military and Veteran Students

University Counseling and Wellbeing Center

Disability Services

Duquesne's Annual 'Day for Learning and Speaking Out' Event

Online Resources

Flourishing Academic Blog

How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive Advice Guide

An Excellent Series of Graphics from USC's Center for Urban Education Explaining Equity and Student Success

Interview with Resmaa Menakem (Author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies)

Elon University's Resources on Teaching for Equity and Inclusion

Wiliam & Mary's Neurodiversity Initiative's Resources for Faculty

Stanford's Inclusive Teaching Tools

"What I Wish My Professor Knew" Video by First-Generation and/or Low-Income Students at Stanford

Disability Language Style Guide

Seven Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education

Teaching First-Generation College Students

Vanderbilt University Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Archive

UMKC's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Reading List

Peralta Community College Online Course Design Equity Rubric

Additional Online Resources for Promoting Diversity