Bok Exploratory Seminar on Fostering an Inclusive Environment in the Classroom
Led by Bok Faculty Fellow Linda Schlossberg (Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, WGS; Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality)
Friday, February 8, 2019 11:00am-1:00pm in Lamont Library Room B-30
Friday, March 1, 2019 11:00am-1:00pm in Lamont Library Forum Room
This seminar explores ways in which faculty can make their courses welcoming to low-income and first-generation students. Rather than thinking about how to “acclimatize” students to the specific culture of Harvard, this two-part seminar asks how Harvard can remake its own pedagogical culture to foster a better learning environment for all students, in keeping with the recommendations set forth in the Spring 2018 report from the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. We will discuss issues such as syllabus design, scheduling, cost of textbooks and course materials, out-of-classroom assignments and expectations, and Harvard culture more generally.
The seminar will meet twice for two hours over lunch. During these meetings we will review personal reflections from Harvard undergraduates about their experiences at the college and discuss relevant strategies employed by peer institutions to address the concerns they raise. Our goal is to produce an “effective practices” document for faculty college-wide, to ensure that Harvard classrooms are a space for low-income and first-generation students to thrive.
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Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Division of Continuing Education
Graduate School of Design
Harvard Business School
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard Divinity School
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Law School
Harvard Medical School
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
African/African American Studies
Celtic Languages and Literatures
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Earth and Planetary Sciences
East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Environmental Science and Engineering
Germanic Languages and Literatures
History of Art and Architecture
History of Science
Human Evolutionary Biology
Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Romance Languages and Literatures
South Asian Studies
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Visual and Environmental Studies
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