Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Center for Teaching Excellence provides resources for teaching about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our Mission and Commitment

 

Alliant International University prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership, and promotes the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world.

At Alliant, our vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant Alumni— diversity, equity, and inclusion permeate every strand of our institutional DNA. It is innate in our pillars, mission, vision, and values. When our mission, vision, and values have been put to the test, we have met that test with renewed commitment to achieve the highest level of measurable outcomes in inclusive excellence.

 

The Center for Teaching Excellence has sponsored the following webinars:

Teaching Disability as Part of Diversity

This workshop, presented by Dr. Rhoda Olkin, Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, introduced key foundational concepts and presented sample activities for students. The goal of the presentation is to help teach students to gain knowledge and awareness in working with disabled clients.

 

Allyship Efforts Among Faculty

This workshop described allyship efforts among faculty, including ongoing commitment to create and maintain allyship relationships through action, self-reflection, and accountability. The presenters described their cross-racial and intersectional allyship development and the impact on their professional roles, program faculty, and students, while highlighting collaboration and transparency and shared efforts toward social justice advocacy. The workshop included suggestions for implementing allyship efforts among faculty while acknowledging the challenges of forming and maintaining these relationships.

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Digital Accessibility in Online and On Ground Teaching

This interactive workshop by Dr. Jeremy Bond was designed for instructors who wish to be proactive in designing and teaching courses that are accessible to all students. The workshop introduced resources for improving student accessibility to course materials in any teaching modality. It covered the use of four specific resources for making class material universally accessible: (a) the immersive reader in Canvas, (b) the accessibility checker in Microsoft Office, (c) autogenerating video captions in Canvas, and (d) adding captions in Zoom. Examples were provided, and participants had the opportunity to practice the skills being taught.

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Disability Research: State of the Science and Future Directions

This workshop by Dr. Kathleen Bogart provided an overview of cutting-edge psychological research on disability and what is needed next. Best practices of psychological research on disability, including disability representation and participatory research, were discussed, and key social psychological theories and findings related to ableism and disability identity were introduced. The workshop concluded with a discussion of future directions, focusing on key research gaps.

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