Teaching with Access and Inclusion Program


Concerns about accessibility and inclusion often felt complicated before COVID-19. 

As we approach the three year anniversary of the “pandemic pivot,” these same questions can seem even more complex. Drawing from various justice-oriented pedagogies (e.g. anti-racism, asset-based, critical), The Teaching with Access and Inclusion (TAI) Series presents both critical frameworks and practical strategies toward creating more equitable educational experiences for all. 

Participants will be able to enact the University of Minnesota’s systemwide strategic plan MPact 2025 commitment to fostering community and belonging by:

  • Recognizing access barriers and other obstacles to engagement for marginalized students, and integrating support processes for formal accommodations and informal accessibility.  
  • Examining the role educators can play in strengthening a sense of belonging for people with disabilities (including mental illness, chronic illness, and neurodivergence) on our campuses. 
  • Exploring course designs processes and classroom teaching practices that support student — and instructor / staff — wellbeing.
  • Developing strategies for identifying and challenging ableism within higher education.

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Session Schedule and Descriptions

 The Spring 2023 TAI Program will be offered as a webinar series with four individual Zoom sessions on February 2, 9, 16, 23 from 10:30am to 12pm, via Zoom. Participation in all four sessions is highly encouraged, but not required.  

Registrants will also be invited to drop in via Zoom during the optional TAI “office hours” with facilitators on the Friday morning following each session- Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 from 10:30am-12:00pm. Additional registration not required.

Disability on Campus - Thursday, February 2, 2023

Disability. Chronic illness. Neurodiversity. Mental Illness. This session offers participants a chance to deepen their understanding of disability experiences - including what educators can do to foster belonging in the classroom and across campus. 

Approaches to Access - Thursday, February 9, 2023

After examining common access barriers in educational environments, session participants will discuss the formal accommodation process and informal approaches to increasing accessibility. 

Centering Access & Inclusion - Thursday, February 16, 2023 

Through an exploration of the seven grounding principles, this session guides participants through course design processes and classroom teaching practices that center access and inclusion. 

Unraveling Academic Ableism - Thursday, February 23, 2023 

During this session, participants will explore the particular ways ableism arises within institutions of higher education and identify concrete steps toward enacting change.


If these dates do not work for your schedule, please indicate your interest and you will be notified when registration opens for future TAI program offerings. 

Format & Participation

Each Zoom session will consist of brief presentations and large group discussions. Participants will also be invited to engage with interactive components such as, jamboards, polls, break out room discussions, case studies, and/or other activities. Dedicated time will be reserved for Q&A. 

Participation in all four sessions is highly encouraged, but not required. 

Presentation components of the sessions will be recorded; recording will be paused for conversation. Link to the Zoom recording and Google Drive resources folder with the presentation slides will be sent to all registrants within two business days following the session.

Facilitators & Program Partners

Angela M. Carter, Ph.D., Access & Inclusion Pedagogy Specialist, Minnesota Transform; Critical Disability Studies Collective, Founding Chair, amcarter@umn.edu  

Jigna Desai, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies & Asian American Studies (Twin-Cities); Principal Investigator, Minnesota Transform, desai003@umn.edu

Elizabeth (liz) Anh Thomson, Ph.D. Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Morris).

Erika Rodriguez, Ph.D. ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow (Twin-Cities); Associate Director in Residence for the Center of Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies (RIDGS). emrodrig@umn.edu 

Jennie Row, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of French & Italian (Twin-Cities); Critical Disability Studies Collective Co-Leader,  jjrow@umn.edu 

Erika Theiler, M.Ed. Senior Access Consultant, Disability Resource Center (Twin Cities). etheiler@umn.edu 

Facilitator emails in comma separated list: 

(amcarter@umn.edu, desai003@umn.edu, emrodrig@umn.edu, jjrow@umn.edu, etheiler@umn.edu)

Program Partners

The TAI Program is a collaboration between the systemwide Center for Educational Innovation and Minnesota Transform (MNT) - a major higher education initiative engaging in anti-colonial and racial justice work through the public humanities at the University of Minnesota, in the Twin Cities, and across the state of Minnesota. 

The role of the Access & Inclusion Pedagogy Specialist is made possible through additional partnership with the College of Liberal Arts (Twin Cities), the Graduate School, the Imagine Chairs in Disability Studies (Twin Cities), the Critical Disability Studies Collective, the Disability Resource Center (Twin Cities), and the Office of Equity and Diversity (Twin Cities).

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests and General Questions

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please contact the Center for Educational Innovation (cei@umn.edu) to request accommodations or discuss access needs (e.g. interpreting, real-time captioning, large print, image descriptions, material format, etc.) 

Whenever possible, please submit requests for real-time captioning, interpreting, and material formatting at least two weeks in advance so that CEI can coordinate support with the Disability Resource Center (Twin-Cities). Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.

If you have questions about the Teaching with Access and Inclusion Program, please contact Angela Carter, amcarter@umn.edu.