With a focus on the how of teaching—including how instructors design classroom activities and communicate their expectations for student success—these resources demonstrate how inclusivity can be structured into our courses and classroom interactions.
Inclusive teaching refers to strategies that aim to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed in a course. In addition to incorporating diverse voices into the content of courses, inclusive teaching involves the how of instruction—how to structure class time and assignments, make expectations for academic success clear, and create the conditions for equitable participation and engagement.
Supporting Multilingual Students
In the context of a linguistically rich and diverse campus, these resources provide concrete strategies for supporting multilingual students to achieve learning goals within classes taught in English. According to Admissions Office data, 49% of undergraduates entering UC Santa Cruz in Fall 2017 identified their first language as a language other than English, or another language in addition to English. When the data is disaggregated, 96% of international students and 46% of U.S.-based students fall into this general category. All students have varying relationships to academic English, and these resources support instructors to promote a linguistically inclusive learning environment.
Supporting First-Generation College Students
At UC Santa Cruz, approximately 42% of undergraduate students are first-generation college students, which means that their parents have not graduated from a four-year college or university. These resources aim to support educators to better understand the unique strengths that first-generation students bring to our campus, and to consider teaching strategies that can address the particular challenges they may face while navigating their coursework.