Inclusive Teaching

Our classrooms are diverse places. Differences in student and instructor identities, backgrounds, and experiences both enrich our classrooms and present challenges as we work to support all learners. Attend any of our programs on inclusive teaching to learn new strategies for implementing inclusive teaching practices, troubleshoot disciplinary or context-specific concerns, and share in community as we work to affirm Columbia’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Fall 2017 Sessions

Inclusive Teaching: Small Changes to Maximize Equity in the Classroom

Morningside Campus | Register
Wednesday, September 27, from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Butler Library, Room 212

Columbia University Medical Center | Register
Thursday, October 12, from 12:00 PM–1:30 PM
Armory Track and Field Center, Hospitality Room, 4th Fl 

Looking to create a more equitable space to empower student learning, but unsure if you have the time or resources to dedicate to overhauling your class? Start small by learning inclusive teaching strategies you can implement immediately (e.g., how to foster productive student-student interactions, set discussion guidelines, collect feedback on course climate).


Inclusive Teaching Winter Intensive: Big Changes to Include All Students

Wednesday, December 13, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Butler Library, Room 212 | Apply here
Looking to take your inclusive teaching practice to the next level? This three-hour intensive workshop will help you rethink your course design from the framework of equity and inclusion. In a cohort of peers, learn how making changes to your syllabi, assessment strategies, and classroom activities can help foster an inclusive course climate for all students. Participants will workshop course materials (including course content, accessibility standards, and course policies) and commit to making changes to future practice. Applications will open October 18.

CTL Facilitators

Christy Simonian Bean

Amanda M. Jungels

Stories from Instructors

“Over the years, I have come to recognize how important it is for me to find ways of connecting with those I teach in order to make a notoriously challenging subject meaningful and less intimidating to them… When I saw the title of this workshop, I thought that it might be helpful in lending substance and a theoretical framework to back up what my instincts have already been guiding me to do. I was not disappointed.”

Karen E. S. Phillips

Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry; Participant in the Inclusive Teaching workshop series

Past Programs

Spring 2017 Sessions

Inclusive Teaching: Toward an Intercultural Pedagogy

Intercultural competence is defined broadly as the “ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in intercultural situations, to shift frames of reference appropriately and adapt behavior to cultural context” (Deardorff 2006). In this workshop, you and other members of the Columbia University community will consider strategies for making learning environments more inclusive by employing the principles of intercultural pedagogy. You will reflect on your experiences with diversity and inclusivity in the classroom, engage with the concept of course climate, and analyze teaching case studies. In the process, you should gain a deeper, more practical understanding of how to design and facilitate inclusive learning in your discipline.

Related Resources

If you would like to discuss how to integrate inclusive practices in your classroom, please request a consultation.

The Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia helps instructors answer that question by offering five inclusive teaching principles derived from research and evidence-based practices. In addition, the guide contains practical, accessible, and usable strategies that instructors can use immediately.

If you are interested in inclusive teaching, consider applying for our Reflective Teaching Seminar to deepen your understanding and application of inclusive practice in your classroom.

Explore previous events related to inclusive teaching such as The CRLT Players at Columbia University and the Inclusive Teaching Forum.


We invite you to contact the CTL with questions, suggestions, or ideas for collaborating with us at