Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Resources for Leveraging Diversity in the Classroom

As a faculty or graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley, there are many opportunities to capitalize on the presence of the representational diversity both in our community and particularly with our teaching.  The following resources from both UC Berkeley and from other institutions suggest a number of actions to take to make our classrooms as healthy and as safe an environment possible for all student learners.  These resources also include a number of suggestions for engaging with particular diversity topics.

The Diverse Classroom Envirionment

Instructor Self-Awareness

Dynamics in a Diverse Classroom

Engaging with Diversity Topics

"Flipping" the Classroom

Campus Resources:

Timely Resources for UC Berkeley: the MEP "Hot" Topic Page

Other Websites of Interest:

  • MEP e-tools page
  • The Zinn Education Project

    The Zinn Education Project website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level. The Zinn Education Project is coordinated by two non-profit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. Its goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.
  • SoJust: Primary Source History of Social Justice 

    SoJust is a collection of historic speeches, songs, poetry, and essays on human rights and social justice. It is a project of EdChange, a source of professional development, research, and resources for diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural competence. 
  • Without Prejudice: Resources for Change 

    Resources for Change is a clearing-house for anti-discrimination education resources and is designed for educators and individuals committed to making positive change. It is a project of the Access to Media Education Society. 
  • Media Education Foundation

    The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.  In addition to their films, MEF offers study guides, transcripts, and other materials that support the use of their films in the classroom and other venues. 
  • Critical Multicultural Pavilion

    Multicultural, Anti-bias, & Diversity Activities and Exercises 
  • Diversity Activities for Youth and Adults (from Penn State University)
  • LGBT Classroom Resources for Faculty (from University of Minnesota)
  • Team Based Learning 

    Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an increasingly-popular form of small group learning.  The four components of TBL are permanent teams, readiness assurance, application activities, and peer evaluation.  TBL is possible even in large theater-style classrooms with fixed seats. TBL teachers report high levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking.  TBL students report being more motivated and enjoying class more, even when the subject is not in their major.
  • Diversifying Economic Quality Wiki

    This wiki promotes best teaching practices in economics, particularly practices that encourage women, students of color, and members of other underrepresented groups to continue their study of economics. Here, economists can disseminate and discover prescriptions for improving our teaching and the inclusiveness of our discipline.  The teaching strategies offered here are presented alongside evidence of their effectiveness and practical suggestions for implementation.  The wiki also provides data describing patterns of participation in our profession and opportunities for thoughtful reflection on why inclusion and diversity are important to the future of economic theory and policymaking.



1 From UC Berkeley Office of Educational Development

2 From Harvard University's Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

3 From U of Michigan's Multicultural Teaching Services for Faculty and GSIs web page

4 From Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Teaching Excellence web page

5 From UNC Chapel Hill's Center for Faculty Excellence web page

6 From U of Wisconsin Whitewater's LEARN Center web page

7 From U of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching web page

8 From U of Northern Iowa's InTime Integrating New Technologies Into the Methods of Education web page

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