A Tool for Fostering Inclusion

As featured in Inside Higher Ed and the forthcoming book What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Effectiveness in College Teaching, the Who’s in Class? Form, developed in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff members, helps instructors foster an inclusive learning environment early on and throughout a course by increasing their awareness of the diverse assets that their students bring to the classroom. Instructors administer the anonymous form online in their courses at the start of the semester, and students complete it on a voluntary basis. Instructors only view results in aggregate, and partner with their center for teaching and learning to discuss small, focused steps for making their courses more inclusive. Instructors administering the form are expected to have some basic understanding of bias and inclusive instructional practices prior to using the form, use the responses solely for the purposes of building an inclusive classroom, and delete responses at the end of each academic year. 

  • If you are a Lafayette faculty member who is interested in using the Who’s in Class? Form, please contact citls@lafayette.edu
  • If you are from an outside institution and are interested in using the Who’s in Class? Form, please also contact citls@lafayette.edu for more information. Please also provide contact information from someone who is at your center for teaching and learning (CTL) that can be copied when the form is sent. If your institution does not have a CTL, no worries, just send an alternate contact who would be the most appropriate. 

References 

Addy, T.M., Dube, D., SoRelle, M., Mitchell, K.A. (2021). What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Effectiveness in College Teaching. Stylus Publishing. 

Addy, T.M., Dube, D., Mitchell, K.A. (August 5, 2020). Fostering an Inclusive Classroom. Inside Higher Ed (Opinion). Available from https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/08/05/small-steps-instructors-can-take-build-more-inclusive-classrooms-opinion