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Teaching/Learning Center: DIVERSITY RESOURCES

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TEDx Talk

Dr. Melissa Crum is an artist, education consultant and diversity practitioner who works with many educators in urban schools. She noticed that many teachers had challenges teaching and relating to students who did not share their same cultural background. So, she worked with a museum educator to create an arts-based professional development series that helps educators think about how they are thinking about their diverse students. Her personal story and professional practice work together to tell a creative, inspiring, and eye-opening message that everyone must hear.

TEDx Talk: Practical Diversity

We strive to embrace diversity and inclusion in our schools and workplaces, but we often fail to understand what this looks like practically. Dr. Dawn Bennett-Alexander believes that with a little effort, we can move diversity and inclusion from theory to practice.

Cross-Cultural Communication

This guide shows the difference in communication styles between Americans, Asian groups, and certain Native Americans as an example. 

LGBTQQ+

#AskMe Video

Video: 'Ask Me': What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know

By Julia Schmalz 
Transgender and gender-nonbinary students share what keeps them from feeling safe and thriving on campus.

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Learn More about Diversity & Pedagogy

Check out the resources on the Faculty Learning Community on Diversity page.

Students and Gender Identity

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USC Rossier School of Education has recently published a resource titled "Students and Gender Identity" - a toolkit for schools to help create and develop inclusive spaces for transgender and gender non-conforming communities. The toolkit currently includes the following resources:
 
  • "How to Communicate with Parents and Staff": FAQs that educators may receive from parents or school staff about the topic of gender identity, as well as strategies on how to shape these conversations. 
  • "How to Create Inclusive Classrooms": Action steps to support educators in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. 
  • "23 Terms Educators Should Know": Glossary of commonly used terms to describe aspects of gender identity and expression. 

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