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.
A land acknowledgment is a statement that recognizes the history and presence of Indigenous peoples and their enduring relationship to their traditional homelands. Land acknowledgments help create awareness of the cultural erasure of Indigenous peoples and the processes of colonization and subjugation that have contributed to that erasure.
The land acknowledgment used at UC Santa Cruz was developed in partnership with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman and the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program at the UCSC Arboretum. Click here for more information about the use of land acknowledgments.
You may wish to include the following land acknowledgment in your syllabus.
The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during the Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.