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Diversity Teaching Network

Through the Diversity Teaching Network in the Humanities, Inclusion Imperative Visiting Faculty Fellows, UMBC faculty, and other interested scholars meet to work on curricular and civic-engagement projects. Members explore pedagogical approaches, share works in progress, and partner on curricular and research projects. The program facilitates ongoing partnerships between UMBC and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), builds diversity into the curriculum across area institutions, and creates a supportive and growing network for faculty committed to issues of diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Teaching Network Events:

Pursuing Inclusive Teaching in the Classroom
April 20, 2018


Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, a renowned expert on culturally responsive teaching, presented a keynote talk on inclusive practices in the higher education classroom.

Following the talk, Dr. Kerrie Kephart, Associate Director of UMBC’s Faculty Development Center, worked with participants on key principles and pedagogical practices for creating inclusive syllabi and class projects that address contexts such as race, class, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, ability, and learning styles. Faculty reflected on the current semester and discussed ways to apply the strategies for the upcoming semester.

Speaker bio: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is Professor Emerita at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, President of the National Academy of Education, and author of acclaimed books, such as The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.