Teaching with Access and Inclusion Program

Overview

Are you committed to supporting diverse students but still feel unsure of how to address questions of exclusion and belonging in your courses? Have local and global events in the last few years left you even more concerned about supporting marginalized students?

The Teaching with Access and Inclusion (TAI) Program offers an exploration of critical frameworks and practical strategies towards creating more equitable educational experiences for all.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to enact the University of Minnesota’s systemwide strategic plan MPact 2025 commitment to fostering community and belonging by:

  • Identifying critical elements from anti-racist, disability pedagogy, and other justice-oriented frameworks for effective teaching and learning.
  • Recognizing access barriers and other obstacles to engagement for marginalized students and incorporating pedagogical responses that foster inclusion.
  • Integrating support for student — and instructor — wellbeing into course designs and classroom teaching practices.

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Schedule

The August TAI program will meet online via Zoom from 10:00am-12:00pm on August 24, 25, 29, 30, and an optional session on August 31. A break will be planned during each meeting.

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

Tentative Topics

Session topics include: critical pedagogies; racial justice and disability justice in higher ed; accessibility and accommodation processes; educational inequities; the hidden curriculum; burnout; trauma responsive teaching; lessons from the pandemic pivot; supporting well-being;

  • August 24 - “Incorporating Critical Pedagogies”
  • August 25  - “Expanding Access”
  • August 29 - “Disability Pedagogy as Anti-Racist Praxis”
  • August 30  - ”Because Mental Health Matters”
  • August 31 (optional) - workshop Optional working session to apply and practice TAI strategies  

Format & Participation

To make the most of our live Zoom webinars, we ask that you complete under an hour of pre-work before each session so that we can establish shared vocabulary and conceptual grounding.

Participants will be given access to the material via the TAI Canvas page at least one week prior to the first Zoom webinar. Canvas will also be used to share resources, submit questions, and a discussion forum.

Webinars will consist of brief presentations, review of pre-work, large group discussion, break out room discussion, case studies, scenarios, and/or other activities. Dedicated time will be reserved for Q&A.
Presentation components of the sessions will be recorded; recording will be paused for conversation. Recording, slides and resources will be sent to all registrants within two business days following the session.

Participants who complete optional post-session reflections will receive letters of recognition from the Center for Educational Innovation and Minnesota Transform.

Facilitators & Program Partners

Facilitators

  • Angela M. Carter, Ph.D., Access & Inclusion Pedagogy Specialist, Minnesota Transform; Critical Disability Studies Collective, Founding Chair
  • Jigna Desai, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies & Asian American Studies (Twin-Cities); Principal Investigator, Minnesota Transform
  • Jessica Horvath Williams, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, English (Twin-Cities); Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network Board Vice-President
  • Jennie Row, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of French & Italian (Twin-Cities); Critical Disability Studies Collective Co-Leader, "Refusing Disposability: Racial and Disability Justice Toward Another World"
  • Emily Ehlinger, Ph.D. Student Access Manager, Disability Resource Center. UMN-Twin Cities

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 (Morris & Twin Cities), the Critical Disability Studies Collective, and the Disability Resource Center (Twin Cities).

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests and General Questions

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests

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, 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. Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.

Questions

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