Ensuring a Diverse Curriculum

Ensuring a diverse curriculum

When students head back to their education career in the fall, they will have experienced movements, protests, and debates about racial injustice. It can be difficult to fit anti-racism into a course that does not usually cover this topic, for example, a math course. If racism is not a normal topic that professors cover in the classroom, how should they go about addressing the topic?

 

For the courses that can be harder to fit a lesson on racial injustice, it can be just as beneficial to be aware of the messages you are portraying through a students’ learning. If an instructor requires their students to watch a video, view images, etc., make sure these visuals include diversity and do not stereotype races. If students must read a story or short paragraph, be sure the reading excludes the usual stereotypes and incorporates diversity. This method is just as effective as it portrays a negative connotation towards stereotypes.

Instead of teaching about racism, educators encourage faculty to teach students how to acknowledge racism in a specific lesson. An example from “Interrogating Your Discipline, and Other Ways Into Anti-Racist Teaching” states, “It could be examining a business-administration course by asking students political questions to consider the connections between plantation politics and the current field.” If your course already covers racism as a topic, try to include an assignment that requires students to research racial injustice. This is a great resource for students to collect knowledge and become more aware on the topic.

Here at SilkWeb, when we build custom e-learning courses we look for a diverse curriculum. We pursue courses that are universally aware of the messages they are sending to their students. We are more than happy to have a conversation with instructors on how to be universally aware when building curriculum and will always suggest changes if necessary. This could include removing images that portrays typical stereotypes or changing a prompt to an assignment. Diversity will always be encouraged in the classroom to ensure a safe zone for all students.

Contact us today for more information or learn more about diversity on Kickboard's blog.