Lunchtime Series on Diversity and Inclusivity in the Classroom


An A&S lunch time series to provide space for discussion among interested faculty across departments about topics related to inclusivity as well as other topics we encounter in the classroom in A&S. We’ll discuss issues that come up in discussing selected topics, as well as share potential strategies for dealing with issues we identify. Faculty facilitators will provide a short intro as a jumping off point for the discussion, as well as short readings or resources for the discussion.


Feb. 12, 2020: Civility in the Classroom

  • Facilitators: Michelle Sizemore (English), Brenna Byrd (Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Time: 12 – 1:00
  • Location: POT 245

Calls for a return to civility pervade public discourse – journalists, politicians, academics, and commentators of all persuasions bemoan the deterioration of this virtue in our interactions with friends and strangers alike. Critics have blamed slackened censorship, unbalanced news coverage, political polarization, cultural pluralism, and social media’s preference for rudeness, among other causes. At stake in this decline, they argue, is no less than democracy itself. What is civility? Why is it thought to be crucial to the classroom? How can it be fostered, and what are the stakes of doing so? This session will explore the meaning of civility on college campuses and weigh the cases for and against civility in American social and political life. Additionally, we will discuss how civility relates to the concept of inclusivity in the classroom, and how both can be analyzed through the lens of group dynamics. We will then offer practical tips for fostering a cohesive classroom community that addresses both.


Civility on college campuses:

Community building and group dynamics:


Previous Lunchtime Series Topics

Oct. 1, 2019: Using Students' Stories to Build Empathy Among Students

  • Facilitators: Rosie Moosnick (APP) with Meghan Clemmons (SOC), Alexis Nelson (PS), and Tom Webb (PS).
  • Time: 12 – 1
  • Location: POT 318

Much public discussion, following the 2016 election and the 2018 mid-term election, described differences between rural and urban voters, highlighting racial, cultural, and geographic gaps between them, transforming them into political foes, and promoting intolerance despite significant economic and existential commonalities. These commonalities are especially apparent on college campuses, where students of many sorts meet and interact, making college campuses especially promising spaces for overcoming racial, cultural, and political divides. Since identities inform how students experience college at the same time as they evolve through the college experience, we ask, can these identities contribute to overcoming political, racial, and geographic chasms and to a more constructive public sphere and increased tolerance?      


- Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History

Carlos Doesn’t Remember

- The Rural Higher-Education Crisis

When it comes to college enrollment, students in Middle America—many of them white—face an uphill battle against economic and cultural deterrents.

Jon Marcus and Matt Krupnick

September 27, 2017

Sept. 4, 2019: Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom

  • Facilitators: Jennifer Cramer (LIN), Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (MCLLC), Brenna Byrd (MCLLC), and Rusty Barrett (LIN).
  • Time: 12-1
  • Location: POT 245

While many faculty easily recognize the racial, ethnic, class-based, and other forms of discrimination their students face, they often lose sight of the linguistic discrimination in which they themselves may participate. Indeed, biases about the languages or dialects that people speak seem to be some of the last “acceptable” forms of discrimination; they go generally unnoticed by everyone except those who are subjected to them. In this lunchtime discussion, we’ll address these forms of discrimination and discuss ways to mitigate their impact on students in your classes.


Feb. 26, 2019: Discussing Race and Migration in the Classroom

  • Facilitators: Cristina Alcalde (GWS) and Anastasia Curwood (AAAS and History)
  • Time: 12:30-2
  • Location: POT 318

We’ll discuss, among other issues participants bring up, topics connected to the short readings “Teaching and the N-word” and “I'm undocumented. It's time to reveal what that actually means”

March 21, 2019: Discussing Science and Evolution in the Classroom

  • Facilitators: Julia Ravenscroft (ANT), Heather Worne (ANT), Jim Krupa (BIO), Jeremy Van Cleve (BIO)
  • Time: 12:30-2
  • Location: POT 318

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