The 2014 Summer Institute on Inclusive Teaching, organized by the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence in partnership with the Division for Inclusive Excellence and the Division for Academic Success, will be held from Monday, May 19, 2014 through Friday, May 23, 2014 in the VCU Globe (830 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23284) on the Monroe Park Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Sessions will be scheduled from 9:00am to 12:00pm and from 1:00pm to 4:00pm each day of the week-long Summer Institute.

A major goal of the Summer Institute on Inclusive Teaching is to expose VCU faculty members, staff members, and graduate students to a range of opportunities, strategies, and techniques for addressing the inclusiveness of their courses, curricula, programs, and services.

Moving towards inclusivity includes an intention of reflecting on ideas and assumptions, and becoming aware of differences in order to gain insight and transform our practices. Inclusive teaching can thus be viewed as encompassing issues of access to educational opportunities; student involvement in academic work as well as personal and professional growth; student retention and success; and classroom and institutional climate.


What can a participant expect?

  • An intensive week-long engaging experience where participants and facilitators together uncover strategies for becoming more inclusive teachers, learners, and leaders at VCU.
  • A sustained, year-long process of design, application, assessment and discussion of these strategies with the mutual understanding that we need to share our insights with our colleagues, with our departments/units and with the campus community.
  • An on-going partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence to collaboratively design workshops, facilitate brown bag lunches, gather and compile student feedback along with other evidence of teaching effectiveness, create and share course portfolios, organize public discussions and presentations about inclusiveness in the classroom/campus, establish peer-review strategies for teaching materials and classroom observation practices within their departments, and/or return to co-design and facilitate sessions during the 2015 Summer Institute.
  • An opportunity to contribute to institutional goals associated with Theme I of the VCU Quest for Distinction (2011-2017), to “become a leader among national research universities in providing all students with high quality learning/living experiences focused on inquiry, discovery, and innovation in a global environment.”
  • The May 2014 Institute will feature daily meals from local, small, and minority-owned businesses, including:

    Chef Mamusu’s Africanne


    Groovin’ Gourmet


    In keeping with our respect for diverse dietary needs, select meals will offer gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, and vegan options for Institute participants.


Anticipated outcomes

The Summer Institute on Inclusive Teaching provides an intensive, sustained environment for VCU faculty members, staff members, and graduate students to…

  • Reflect upon aspects of knowledge production, methods of discourse, and learning in their disciplines;
  • Acknowledge multiple and intersecting dimensions of their students’ and colleagues’ identities and the rich opportunities for learning that these afford;
  • Align one or more of their upcoming courses with diversity-related learning outcomes in their disciplines (such as culturally-informed deliberation or holistic-critical thinking);
  • Transform course content, structure, classroom dynamics and climate, and/or teaching methods to address the learning needs and life experiences of a diverse population of students;
  • Design systems for documenting course-, program-, or service-level changes and student success within their course(s), program(s), or service(s);
  • Develop skills to become effective leaders for curricular change in their own units by anticipating barriers and navigating unexpected challenges to enrichment.