Teaching Slavery and Its Legacy Offers Unique Possibilities

by Hilary Green, Department of Gender and Race Studies Teaching slavery and its legacy offers unique possibilities. Since initial construction to April 4, 1865, the labor of enslaved men, women, and children had an integral role in shaping the University of Alabama (UA). By embracing this history and legacy in my classroom, I engage my […]

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Fostering a Safe Class Environment for LGBTQ+ Students

Setting the Tone There are steps you can take to ensure your classroom is a safe space for all students. Some of these can be taken before the start of the semester. You can include a ‘classroom environment’ policy on your syllabus to reassure LGBTQ+ students that your class is a place for open, respectful […]

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Strategies for Including Inclusion in Your Classroom

by John Miller, New College There are things you expect from a working session on lessons for bringing diversity into the classroom; a photo of then-governor George C. Wallace (yes – he of the “Schoolhouse Door”) posing with a smiling journalism class is not one of them. Yet, this is — at least in part — what qualifies Journalism & Creative Media Associate Professor Chris […]

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Student Perspectives: Civility, Dialogue, and Inclusion

Lane McLelland, director of Crossroads Community Center, asked students how they wish to experience civility, inclusion, and dialogue in the classroom. Here’s what they had to say. Consider the classroom space “Simply rearranging the classroom space can astronomically enhance the civility and inclusivity of a classroom. Traditional classrooms tend to not only be intimidating but […]

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Ceci n’est pas une Ban: Engaging Travel Restrictions with Students

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In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, a good many marginally political events have become thoroughly politicized: post-Super Bowl White House visits, the Grammys, and yes, the granting of visas to visitors or would-be immigrants to the United States. But unlike the Super Bowl or the Grammys, many Americans have only the most rudimentary […]

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Diversity and Inclusion in Math Courses

by David Cruz-Uribe, Department of Mathematics Diversity and inclusion really have nothing to do with the subject of mathematics, per se. Mathematics is among the most abstract and universal of human disciplines. Pure mathematicians work hard to strip their subject of anything contingent, anything to close to the “real world.” Attempts to decolonize mathematics, or […]

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Ways Faculty Can Support Trans Students at UA

by Cindy Ann Kilgo [they/them/theirs], Higher Education Administration October is LGBTQ+ History Month. It is also a great time to evaluate how trans-inclusive your teaching and advising practices are. Below I’ve outlined some basic terminology and tips for how to create affirming classroom environments for trans students at UA. Basic Terminology Sex: classification of people based […]

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