Seminar Diversity Initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives: Collegiate Seminar Program, 2016-17


Faculty Initiatives


1.       The AY 2016-17 Fall and Spring Faculty retreats will continue the current year’s focus on navigating difficult dialogues around race, gender and sexual orientation in Seminar classrooms.

2.       We will draft a unified Seminar faculty statement of our standards around civility and inclusion, bring faculty together to discuss and refine it, and then communicate it directly back to Seminar students.

3.       We will ensure that experienced mentors specifically guide new Seminar faculty regarding techniques for supporting civility and inclusion in the classroom (e.g. establishing community guidelines, decentering privileged voices, etc.)


Curriculum Changes


4.       During our revision of the Seminar 1 reading list next year, we will look to identify new readings that can frame a discussion of civility and inclusiveness within the classroom.

5.       During our revision of the Seminar 2 reading list next year, we will look to include non-Western texts that dialogue with the existing Western ones.

6.       Based upon faculty and student feedback, we will be revising the new Seminar 104 capstone project.

7.       We will continue to develop pedagogical tools that help marginalized voices be heard in the classroom (e.g reflective practices, fish bowls, etc.) and disseminate these tools to the faculty. 

8.       We will begin to develop a new series of Informal Curriculum events that

a.       Highlights non-Western texts and perspectives

b.       Offers students a forum to talk about privilege and voice within Seminar classrooms.


Communication with Students


9.    We will develop and implement an anonymous mid-term evaluation for all Seminar classes, specifically focused on issues of classroom climate and inclusion.

10.  We will specifically ask outgoing seniors about civility and inclusion in the new Seminar Senior Survey.

11.   We will establish a method by which any Seminar student can easily and anonymously tell their stories of inclusion and exclusion; we will make those stories public on a regular basis so that the whole community is aware of the nature and scope of any problems.


Responding to Bias in the Seminar Classroom


12.   A faculty and student Seminar Task Force (just formed) will collaboratively develop a new process for responding to bias incidents – one based upon a restorative justice model (rather than a punitive one.)

13.   The Director and Governing Board will continue to follow up on any reports of bias that they receive from any channel.