SyllaBOOST: Creating an Inclusive Environment from Day 1

Monday, March 25, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

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While the first day of class can be a boring read-through of policies and assignments for some students, for others, it sets the tone for whether this class will be a safe learning environment or a potential minefield of obstacles and insensitivities. Including diverse perspectives from scholars in the course curriculum is important; welcoming diverse perspectives from students in course contributions is equally, if not more, so. Positive affect is key to learning, and including welcoming language in the syllabus that signals openness, flexibility, and empathy is the first step to creating this climate in the classroom.

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion. In order to qualify for the certificate of completion, participants must attend the Inclusive Excellence at USC workshop and seven (7) electives. Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semester) to complete the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.

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Ruthanne Hughes
Graduate Instructor, First Year English
Linguistics Department

Ruthanne Hughes is a Ph.D candidate in Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. She is an instructor in First Year English and enjoys bringing linguistics into the practice of rhetoric and close-reading. Her research interests include second and foreign language acquisition with a focus on English as a Foreign Language, teacher characteristics, and the intersection of theory and pedagogy. She is also interested in the complexities of language acquisition in the midst of trauma, particularly in the case of refugees.