As we move to remote teaching this fall, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) become key considerations. We ask instructors at the School to remain open and flexible to accommodate students during these difficult times. We suggest the following practices for instructors to follow:
- Include a statement of your commitment to EDI in your course syllabi. Discuss how you aim to create an inclusive and equal learning environment for the course and acknowledge the diversity of students. Also request that students be respectful while participating online discussions and communicating with their peers, TAs, and the instructor.
- Embed EDI considerations in your course design. How can you help all students to succeed? Be considerate and accommodating to those who may lack adequate physical resources necessary for remote learning, who are in different time zones and who may have family responsibilities while learning from home. Record any synchronous sessions for students who are unable to attend.
- Respect and value all students with different identities, religions and traditions.
- With the lack of in person contact, it is even more important than ever to be mindful of your choice of words and how they are delivered so as ensure that no student or group of students feels excluded.
- Survey students on their access to the course and reading material, and offer students alternatives if difficulties are identified. Ensure that all content is accessible by all students. Recognize that students in other countries or with low bandwidth may have trouble accessing the course materials.
- Some students may feel isolated and alone. Think of ways to connect and motivate your students.
- Direct students with any EDI related concerns to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
QSC EDI Committee
- Wendy Powley (Chair)
- Jana Dunfield
- Noreen Haun
- Ting Hu
- Catherine Stinson
- Renee Chen
- Chris Keeler