Promoting and Protecting DEI via Syllabus Re-Design in STEM Courses

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, South BC-Conference Room or via Zoom.
Thank you to all who attended!

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In this workshop, STEM colleagues discussed the topic of DEI-centered syllabi. During this workshop, attendees were able to analyze their course syllabi ahead of the fall semester with a special focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. 

STEM faculty were also invited to this collaborative session, either in-person or virtually, to share their insight as we worked together to draft course syllabi that address our students’ needs as diverse learners. 

Funding for this event was made possible by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Driving Change Initiative.


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Lunch & Welcome (5-10 min)

  • Ice breaker activity

Introduction (5 min)

  • What is DEI?
  • Why is it important that your syllabus be drafted with a DEI-centered approach?
  • Workshop objectives

Self-reflection (5 min)

  • What brought you here today?
  • Reflect and briefly share

Presentation/Discussion questions (25 min)

  • Establishing course climate/Growth potential
    • What measures do you take to establish a course climate?
    • What has been successful in the past? What will you try in the future?
  • Acknowledge and respect difference
    • Who are our students?
    • Inclusivity – race, gender, LGBTQI+, age, ability, religion, etc.
  • Practical matters (tips to include in syllabus)
    • Holidays, office hours, etc.
  • Transparency in learning
    • Grading policies, other info
    • Anonymous grading
  • Diversity statement
    • Prompts to get started
    • Skeleton diversity statement

Collaborative Working Time (Remaining time)

  • Use syllabus checklist to review syllabi
  • Begin drafting diversity statement