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Equity-Minded Pedagogy Series

Becoming an equity-minded practitioner involves an awareness of identity-based inequities as institutional problems, using data-driven inquiry to inform student outcomes, and personal and collective responsibility for achieving outcomes (University of Southern California, Center for Urban Education, Rossier School of Education). First Year Success is committed to equity-minded practice, and is hosting workshops on Equity-Minded Pedagogy throughout the academic year. Workshops are open to all MSU Denver faculty.

We recognize it can be challenging to make it to workshops and are able to bring the workshops directly to your department. If you would like to schedule a session during your faculty meeting, please contact FYS Equity Program Coordinator Colleen Toomey Please see below for session descriptions.


Equity-Minded Pedagogy Series Session Descriptions

Implicit Bias

  • Developed with Dr. Kristin Scherrer, Department of Social Work
  • Everyone has bias. This workshop will explore the concept of implicit bias: the thoughts and feelings that often operate outside of conscious awareness and control. Through the use of the Harvard Implicit Bias Tests, participants in the workshop will explore how implicit bias and microaggressions can impact their pedagogical practice and will create an action plan to work towards a more equity-minded classroom.


Starting Your Semester with an Equity-Minded Lens

  • Developed with Dr. Mark Koester, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Becoming an equity-minded practitioner requires examining every part of our pedagogy, from creating our syllabi to welcoming the class on the first day, with a critical lens. What messages, cues, and practices are at play with our students that may hinder their success? This session will outline how to develop a community of scholars with effective first-day messaging. Additionally, practical tools for incorporating equity-minded messaging into syllabi will be offered through a discussion of participants’ disciplines and action planning for the upcoming semester.


Inclusive Classroom Communities

  • Developed with Dr. Katherine Martinez, Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies
  • An equity-minded practitioner is willing to look critically at every aspect of his, her, or their pedagogy and consider how adjusting practices helps to create more inclusive learning communities. This session of the Equity-Minded Pedagogy Series will allow participants to identify pedagogical influences, learn about intersectional frameworks and identity how multiple identities impact the teaching and learning experience. Participants will formulate plans to implement inclusive teaching techniques into their classrooms.


Teaching for Inclusive Excellence

  • Developed with Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Writing Center Director
  • Equity-minded pedagogy includes an understanding of how to fairly assess and critique our diverse students’ writing. This session of the Equity-Minded Pedagogy Series will allow participants to view writing assignments with a critical, anti-racist lens. We will discuss how to teach writing with the goal of inclusive excellence by avoiding microaggressions and maximizing equity-focused language. Participants will develop strategies for short- and long-term pedagogical change in teaching writing.


Spring Offerings

Events in the Spring 2018 will be announced at a later date.

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