2015 IE & TLA Symposium

The 2nd Annual IE & TLA Symposium focused on inclusive teaching strategies. Ten CSUMB faculty presented 5-minute "lightning talks," introducing strategies they use in the classroom to build an inclusive learning community.

What are "inclusive teaching strategies?"

"Inclusive teaching strategies" refer to any number of teaching approaches that address the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities. These strategies contribute to an overall inclusive learning environment, in which students feel equally valued.

Diverse group of students learning together in a classroom setting.

Lightning talks on inclusive teaching

Each lightning talk presented a specific inclusive teaching strategy/activity/assignment that addresses some or all of the following:

  • Helps faculty understand and identify their students' assets that can be leveraged for teaching and learning.
  • Helps students see assets they possess but may not see or appreciate.
  • Helps students increase their self-confidence as learners though understanding their own and others' assets.
  • Helps students develop a sense of belonging at CSUMB through community building in academic settings.
  • Can be used in a variety of disciplinary contexts.

Additionally, presentations might address questions such as the following (from Cornell University's Center for Teaching Excellence):

  • How might your own cultural-bound assumptions influence your interactions with students?
  • How might the backgrounds and experiences of your students influence their motivation, engagement, and learning in your classroom?
  • How can you modify course materials, activities, assignments, and/or exams to be more accessible to all students in your class?

Presenters were encouraged to take a scholarly approach that included careful and thoughtful evidence-based exploration and evaluation of the inclusive teaching technique, including strengths, weaknesses, and strategies to improve implementation.

Presenters and topics

For presentation descriptions and handouts, please click on the link above.

  • Jill Hosmer Jolley: "One-minute speeches: Increasing confidence, voice, and awareness"
  • Dan Fernandez: "Yay--Lots of low-stakes real time feedback!"
  • Jennifer Fletcher: "Discovering students' assets"
  • Rebecca Bales: "Let's Make a Treaty!: Understanding treaty making between Native American nations and the United States government"
  • Rebecca Kersnar: "Establishing inclusive participation: Learner-negotiated interaction practices"
  • Linda Glenn: "Teaching with case studies: Improving problem-solving skills through story telling"
  • Julie Altman: "Cultural humility strategies to facilitate discussion"
  • Antonio Gallardo: "Teaching for transformation"
  • George Station: "Mindset is taught, grit is what's brought"
  • Netta Avineri: "Integrating students' languages and culturally-shaped learning preferences into our teaching"

Event information

2nd annual IE & TLA symposium

The Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment invited CSUMB faculty to present and participate in a discussion of inclusive teaching strategies. Faculty briefly shared about strategies they use in the classroom through a 5-minute "Lightning Talk." These talks were followed by small group discussion, and then a large group discussion wrapped up the event.

Event information:

April 14, 2015


UC Living Room

Hors d'oeuvres and wine

Event schedule:

  • 4:00-4:10 Arrival & Welcome by Provost Bonnie Irwin
  • 4:10-5:00 Lightning Talks
  • 5:00-5:30 Small Group Discussion
  • 5:30-6:00 Large Group Discussion: What have we learned?

Inclusive teaching resources

External links

From the TLA website

Inclusive teaching and international students