Days and times (Spring 2020): 12:00-2:00 pm |Thursdays
Instructors: Warren Scherer and Rosemary Russ
Location: 229 Teacher Education
Credit information: 2 credits (EPD 690-008)
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: Course
As institutions of higher education across the country move to include language of inclusion and diversity in their mission statements and course syllabi, those of us who teach, mentor, and interact with students day-to-day have a responsibility to both interrogate and inhabit that language. In this course, we will move beyond boilerplate statements about the value of diversity and inclusion to unpack the mechanisms that give rise to inequity in higher education, examine our own participation in those mechanisms, and generate alternative ways of teaching and being that challenge those mechanisms. To do so, we will toggle between self-work and community-work to examine constructs such as race, gender, sexual-orientation, class, language, and ethnicity by centering the experiences of non-dominant groups. The course will not offer a set of one-size-fits-all strategies for inclusive teaching but will instead provide lenses for engaging with the complexities of oppression in the college classroom. In doing so, we develop a pedagogy of teaching as an act of justice.