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DEI Syllabus Statements: Reflection and Planning

Your course syllabus can serve as an important gateway to an inclusive learning experience. These resources will support you to create a learner-centered syllabus that helps all students learn and succeed.

Jumpstart your DEI reflection and planning.

Start by answering some key questions and examining some sample statements. Next, explore the rest of this page, including the references.

Infuse DEI into your course and syllabus planning.

This useful guide is organized around eight considerations about pedagogy and syllabus development to support instructors in their DEI efforts.

Include a Diversity Statement in your syllabus.

Components of a Diversity Statement (excerpted from Fuentes et. al. [2021]):

  • A proclamation of respect for diversity
  • An inclusive list of relevant dimensions of diversity to your discipline and course
  • An explicit valuing of diverse perspectives
  • Expectations with respect to classroom climate and behavior
  • A statement that microaggressions will be addressed and used as teaching moments" Link this definition to "microaggressions": "Microaggressions are statements, actions, or incidents regarded as an instance of indirect or subtle discrimination against members of a marginalized group, such as a racial or ethnic minority, and often result in harmful consequences to members of those groups" (Sue, 2010).
  • An acknowledgment of inequities in society, education, or one's field specifically
    relevant student resources as an indication of ways that diversity enhances learning
  • An acknowledgment of how a diversity statement aligns with one's teaching philosophy

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