On Writing DEIJ Statements
Higher education instructors and those seeking positions in academia are often asked to document their commitment to and work supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. The following resources are helpful additions to and referenced in OCTC workshops and sessions on crafting DEIJ statements.
5 Don’ts in Writing Your DEI Statement: "Search committees routinely ask candidates to submit a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here’s what not to write."
Demystifying the Diversity Statement: "The first step is to understand why it matters and why you, as a job candidate, are being asked to write one, advises Victoria Reyes."
Guidelines for Writing a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Examine how one university articulates evaluating the quality of DEIJ statements.
Inclusive Teaching Resources
Teaching and learning centers and organizations across the nation promote many of the same strategies our workshops and sessions highlight. We recommend visiting these sites in addition to the websites of our partner institutions.
ACUE outlines 10 inclusive teaching practices that can be immediately put into effect in your classroom. This toolkit is available for downloading.
Iowa State University's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning allows for use of its inclusive pedagogy resources under a Creative Commons licese.
The Northwestern Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching promotes seven principles of inclusive teaching in a thoughtful and highly detailed publication.
Featured Presenter Publication
In March, Rita Kumar and Brenda Refaei, faculty development leaders at the University of Cincinnati, will present a workshop based on their text, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching.
"Americans’ perception of college students does not correlate with the reality of the rich diversity seen on university campuses. Over 60% of Americans believe the average age of a college student is 20 years old but, in fact, it’s 26.4 years old. Demographics in the classroom are shifting and instructors bear a responsibility to adjust their teaching style and curriculum to be inclusive for all students.
"Equity and Inclusion for Higher Education Strategies for Teaching, edited by Rita Kumar and Brenda Refaei, details the necessity for an inclusive curriculum with examples of discipline-specific activities and modules. The intersectionality of race, age, socioeconomic status, and ability all embody the diversity college instructors encounter in their classrooms."