The Case for Inclusive Teaching

In a recent article called “The Case for Inclusive Teaching” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kevin Gannon responds to the persistent, troubling racial disparity in graduation rates across private and public four-year colleges and universities. Recent data suggests that completion rates continue to lag for African American and Latinx students. In response, Gannon suggests a doubling down of efforts towards adopting more inclusive pedagogies. He breaks down inclusive pedagogy as a “mind-set, a teaching-and-learning worldview,” which values course design, discernment (reflection), and a sense of belonging.

More strategies for fostering inclusive classrooms can be found in the Resources section of the Teaching Center website. WashU also has a number of campus resources related to diversity and inclusion.