Explore equitable teaching as a foundation for belonging and student success in meeting course goals.
Equitable and inclusive teaching practices help create educational environments in which all individuals are welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate in the learning process. A growing body of research–some of it conducted right here at UCLA–indicates that creating a positive classroom climate for diversity improves learning outcomes for all students, not only those from backgrounds that have been historically marginalized in higher education.
Equity is a core value for the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and we believe equity-minded teaching contributes to an inclusive campus environment where all students can thrive. We also recognize that the systemic nature of inequality–which has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial reckoning within and beyond the United States–requires us to renew our commitment to advancing equity within our own programming and in UCLA courses. To help support the professional development of UCLA educators, this website gathers key resources and services from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and other units at UCLA, as well as resources from peer institutions and leading researchers in equity-minded teaching and learning.
This website is a work in progress. For help adapting any of these resources for use in your course or to suggest additional material to incorporate into this guide, contact us at email@example.com.
CAT offers workshops every quarter that create spaces for instructors of all ranks and backgrounds to explore how our intersecting identities impact teaching and learning systems, and to build our shared capacity to interrupt bias and implement more equitable courses. Click on the icons below to explore our workshops–and register through our events page HERE.
Featured Faculty Workshops
Featured TA Workshops
In addition to the workshops listed above, which specifically center equitable teaching practices, many of our other workshops and programs explore specific aspects of instruction through an equity lens, such as student engagement or assessment. Visit the events page of the CAT website to view a complete list of upcoming workshops and register for programs. You can also learn more about our workshops for faculty and instructors here and about our workshops for teaching assistants here.
CAT also offers one-on-one consultations related to equity-minded teaching. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation or to discuss the possibility of bringing our pedagogy workshops to your academic program.
Many other campus units in addition to CAT also offer programming and consultations related to equitable teaching, including:
Click to view a short guide featuring equitable strategies for synchronous and asynchronous classes, remote assessment options, and more.
Click to view a guide organized around four key principles: reflection, flexibility, transparency, and community-building.
Click to view a guide about developing community agreements to foster brave discussion in classes of all sizes.
Additional UCLA Resources
- CAT Guide for Teaching in Times of Trauma and Crisis
- UCLA Remote Assessment Recommendations (includes key equity considerations)
- CEILS Teaching Guides and Resources for Teaching Through Traumatic Times
- EPIC Transparency in Learning & Teaching (TILT) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) resources
- Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion EDI Syllabus for Faculty, Resources for Racial Trauma, and Knowledge Base
- UCLA Disabilities and Computing and Center for Accessible Education
Resources Beyond UCLA
- USC Center for Urban Education Racial Equity Tools — includes a helpful syllabus review guide
- Wheaton College Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator tool-kit — a collection of resources from many universities and other sources
- Guidelines for Discussing Incidents of Hate, Bias, and Discrimination (from the University of Michigan)
- Guide to Navigating Difficult Moments in the Classroom and Facilitating Hot Moments Guide (from Harvard)
- Learning for Justice resource hub
Resources for Equitable Remote Learning
- Employing Equity-Minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching Practices in Virtual Learning Communities (recorded webinar from San Diego State)
- Responding to Racial Bias and Microaggressions in Online Environments (recorded webinar from San Diego State)
- Equity-Minded Student Services in the Online Environment (recorded webinar from San Diego State)
Below, you will find links to some of the many campus units that provide supportive services for UCLA instructors, students, and staff. This list is not exhaustive.
- Resources for Reporting Bias at UCLA — from the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and from the Dean of Students office
- UCLA Campus and Student Resilience — promotes resilience skills, emphasizing connection and belonging, service, self-efficacy and mastery, and self-reflection
- UCLA Staff and Faculty Counseling Center
- UCLA Student Affairs Guidebook — to help both undergraduate and graduate students navigate the landscape of student services
- UCLA Case Management Services — crisis response team for students
- UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services — for students
- UCLA Center for Accessible Education and ADA/504 Compliance
- Resilience in Your Student Experience (RISE) — for students