Inclusive Excellence in Teaching PLC

While this PLC is currently not offered, OIA facilitates various other programs pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please review our mini-primers, tutorials, and time-specific offers including mini-courses, FLCs, and workshops.

About this PLC:

A Professional Learning Community (PLC) can be open to anyone who is interested, whether faculty, staff, or student. A PLC convenes around a shared topic of interest, in this case, inclusive excellence in teaching. Commitment for a certain time period (e.g., one semester) is assumed to create some stability and allow for ongoing, scaffolded discussion. Participants typically meet a few times per semester to discuss shared resources and/or talk with expert guests. This may also include workshops and/or classroom observations, depending on the community’s goals.

Inclusive Excellence addresses the conscious, critical, and ongoing engagement with diversity, inclusiveness, and equity. It is a strategy of cultural, structural, and systemic transformation that considers diversity as an asset in the pursuit of excellence. The Association of American Colleges and Universities developed the concept of Inclusive Excellence into an initiative. On our campus, the movement toward inclusive excellence is best represented online through the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; its website includes resources, information, and contacts for researchers, instructors, and students.

This PLC is facilitated through the Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) in order to provide resources and exchange around the practice of Inclusive Excellence in teaching. Please also note these existing professional development offerings with a focus on instructional support:  OIA Mini-Primer: “Inclusive Excellence in Teaching” &  OIA Tutorial: “Teaching Diverse Students” & OIA Mini Course: “Building Communities in Online Courses”

How does it work?

If you would like to join us, please email Mascha N. Gemein (OIA) at Mascha will add you to a moderated listserv for this PLC,, and to the Box folder “Inclusive Excellence in Teaching PLC.”

The facilitators of the meetings will use the listserv to send reminders of the meetings and inform about the resources that participants are asked to prepare. Resources for the meetings, a shared list of recommended readings, and any additional resources participants want to share will be available via the shared Box folder.

Box works similar to a Google Drive; it allows the sharing and collaborative editing of files. You can find more information and support at If you would like to add citations or annotations to the shared list of recommended readings, the best way is to open the document, then click on “Open” (on the top right), select “Microsoft Word Online” and edit the document online.

Previous PLC Sessions:

December 1, 2017 - Micro-Affirmations to Support the Success of All Students

Facilitator: Cynthia Demetriou, Associate Vice President, Student Success and Retention Innovation

Location: OIA Conference Room, ILC #103A, 1-2pm


An exit survey will determine if there is interest in continuing the PLC in spring 2018, what the preferred format would be, and which topics would be desired.

November 17, 2017 - Dive Into Diversity: Applying Intercultural Competence to Teaching and Learning*

Facilitators: Sumayya Granger, Center for English as a Second Language & Public and Applied Humanities & Mascha N. Gemein, Office of Instruction and Assessment

Location: ILC #136 - Due to construction in ILC 136, this session will be held in the OIA Conference Room, ILC #103A, 1-2pm

*This workshop is open to everyone within the International Education Week. If you are a member of this PLC, your participation is guaranteed. The number of total participants will be limited to circa 15. All who are interested, please be so kind to register here; you will receive a confirmation email on Monday, Nov 13.

In this workshop, we will look at some basics of Intercultural Competence (IC) with a particular focus on navigating diverse communication styles and facilitating activities that enhance self-observation and perspective-taking. We will further explore some ideas for incorporating IC into teaching, advising, and mentoring. Resources:

  • OIA Mini-Primer "Inclusive Excellence in Teaching." Have a look at the section on Intercultural Competence and the “Guiding Questions” section. What are expressions of intercultural competence during the preparation and planning of a course?
  • Dimitrov, N. & Haque, A. (2016). “Intercultural Teaching Competence: A multi-disciplinary model for instructor reflection.” Intercultural Education. TDOI: 10.1080/14675986.2016.1240502. (This article is posted in our Box folder) As you read this article, please mark which competencies you might already use in your teaching, which ones you feel are hard to do in your discipline, and which ones you would like to learn more about so that we may tailor our discussion to your needs and interests.
  • Optional: Browse Berardo, K., Deardorff, D. K., & ebrary, I. (2012). Building cultural competence: Innovative activities and models (1st ed.). Sterling, Va: Stylus Pub. This ebook is available via the UA Libraries. This book proposes many hands-on activities for the classroom; see if you find one or two that might work well in the context of your course and field.

October 20, 2017 - Workshop on Accessibility and Universal Design Strategies in D2L

Facilitator: Garrett Flora, Office of Instruction and Assessment

Location: Main Library, Information Commons 112A, 1-2pm


This workshop also serves as a D2L-focused follow-up on the Oct 18 workshop in the Diversity Series.

Diversity Series: The Diversity Series Workshops take place in October on Wednesdays, 9-10:30am, Old Main, Silver & Sage Room. For more information and registration, go to: Here just a brief list of dates and topics:

  • Oct 4: Reducing Unconscious Bias & Micro-Aggressions in the Classroom
  • Oct 11: Difficult Issues & Hot Topics: Engaging Controversies as Learning Opportunities
  • Oct 18: Designing Effective Courses for Diverse Learners
  • Oct 25: Serving Our International Students: Perspectives on Different Classroom Expectations


September 29, 2017 - It's The Little Things: Taking A Step Towards Building A More Inclusive Learning Environment

Facilitator: Celeste Atkins, MA, Graduate Assistant, Office of Instruction and Assessment

Location: OIA Conference Room, ILC #103A, 1-2pm

Resources (please read before the meeting, thanks): 

  • McIntosh, P. (2004). White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack. Race, class, and gender in the United States, 6, 188-192.


  • Quaye, S. J., & Harper, S. R. (2007). Shifting the onus from racial/ethnic minority students to faculty: Accountability for culturally inclusive pedagogy and curricula. Liberal Education, 92(3), 19-24.
  • Sleeter, C. E. (2012). Confronting the marginalization of culturally responsive pedagogy. Urban Education, 47(3), 562-584. doi:10.1177/0042085911431472
  • Kellner, D. (1998). Multiple literacies and critical pedagogy in a multicultural society. Educational Theory, 48(1), 103-122. doi:10.1111/j.1741-5446.1998.00103.
  • blog (warning some objectionable language)


September 8, 2017 - Get-Started Discussion: Reflective Practice and Positionality

Facilitator: Mascha N. Gemein, Office of Instruction and Assessment

Location: OIA Conference Room, ILC #103A, 1-2pm

Resources: These resources are selected to provide multiple entry-points to self-reflection, acknowledging that everyone comes from a different place with different concerns and goals. Feel free to selectively work with them based on what speaks to you most at this point.

  • Plank & Rohdieck (2017): “The Assumptions We Make About Diversity”
  • “Worksheet-Racially-Diverse-Students-Reflection” (posted in Box folder) that is adapted from the website: “Teaching in Racially Diverse College Classrooms” by Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
  • OIA Mini-Primer (2017): “Inclusive Excellence in Teaching”
  • Optional: Dimitrov, N. & Haque, A. (2016). “Intercultural Teaching Competence: A multi-disciplinary model for instructor reflection.” Intercultural Education. TDOI: 10.1080/14675986.2016.1240502. (This article is posted in our Box folder)

In this meeting, we will also decide on the topics for the rest of the semester.