The USC Equity-Minded Teaching Institute is a 6-week program with weekly 3-hour sessions that focuses on embedding racial equity in teaching practices and creating classroom cultures that are genuinely inclusive for Black/African American, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, and Asian American students.
While many traditional theories for measuring student success focus on the effort students invest in their education, we believe in focusing on faculty’s efforts to create classrooms that are critically race-conscious and equity-minded.
The USC Equity-Minded Teaching Institute is designed for faculty from the same campus to develop how to:
- Embed racial equity in their teaching practices and create classroom cultures that are genuinely inclusive of students from all racial backgrounds;
- Exert their influence and skill to make a difference in the lives of students for whom higher education has been the least successful in educating; and
- Design and adopt culturally-relevant and inclusive pedagogy, curriculum, language, roles, routines, and symbols that foster racial equity in the classroom as the norm.
LEARNING EXPERIENCES/DAY PLANS EXAMPLES
THE CLASSROOM IS A RACIALIZED SPACE
Classrooms are racialized spaces that, just like our greater society, are impacted by racism and whiteness, both fueling racial inequities. This first session will provide the foundation to understand the ways in which racism and whiteness play out in classrooms.
USING DISAGGREGATED COURSE OUTCOME DATA TO UNDERSTAND THE STATE OF RACIAL EQUITY PRODUCED IN YOUR CLASSROOM
Race-conscious inquiry is a powerful means of uncovering why existing practices support or fail to support Black/African American, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, and Asian American students. Drawing on each instructor’s own course-level outcome data disaggregated by race/ethnicity, this session will provide guidance on making sense of this data in equity-minded ways and setting actionable equity goals.
REFLECTIVE PRACTICE AND INQUIRY AS A MEANS TO CREATE RACIAL EQUITY
Participants will increase their familiarity with the practitioner-as-researcher model and come to understand the power and potential of inquiry tools like race-conscious grade and attendance mapping.
THE SYLLABUS AS A TOOL FOR RACIAL EQUITY
The Syllabus Review Session is designed to make visible the ways students, and particularly students from minoritized racial/ethnic groups, may experience the language, tone, and information provided in the syllabus.
PEER-TO-PEER, RACE-CONSCIOUS CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS
During this workshop participants will be introduced to methods of conducting race-conscious classroom observations, an inquiry strategy that brings to light any racialized patterns in, for example, who the instructor calls on, speaks with, and—ultimately—signals as ‘mattering’.
CREATING AND SUSTAINING EQUITY-MINDED CHANGE
This workshop will focus on the ways in which practitioners can embed equity-mindedness into institutional routines, policies, and culture in order to sustain equity-oriented change. Equity-minded approaches to program review, data collection and use, hiring and promotion, and student services will be detailed. In addition, the workshop will engage participants in collaborative action planning to identify barriers and opportunities to creating and sustaining equity-minded change on their campus.
COST & ENROLLMENT
The cost of the USC Equity-Minded Teaching Institutes for the 2022-2023 year will be $60,000 for up to 30 participants.
|# of participants:||Up to 30|
|Pace and length:||1 module per week for 6 weeks|
|Format:||3 hour synchronous, virtual modules via Zoom meeting|
|To Apply:||Contact Us|