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Inclusive, Socially Just Teaching: Embrace Diversity

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Practice inclusion by embracing student diversity as an asset. This requires actively including a variety of scholars, examples, images, and issues on syllabi and in discussions. It also involves creating an open environment in which students want to share their experiences, can self-advocate when necessary, and will listen to their peers’ concerns, points of view, and possible corrections.

Although it may be tempting to uplift the experiences of minoritzed students by highlighting their seemingly representative experiences, avoid this pitfall. Singling out students to represent any group of people is unrealistic and can bring out feelings of shame, resentment, and anger.