Departmental Consultation methods draw from research in the field of inclusive teaching, curriculum, and pedagogy. Our approach is grounded in strategic, intentional listening to offer a menu of resources for pedagogical innovation that carefully considers the gaps and needs of departments as well as the experiences of underrepresented groups in higher education. This work responds to the requests made by Black students at AppState (and Black students nationally), that the University’s curriculum should have “greater inclusion of Black and Brown scholars and the contributions of people of color in ALL disciplines.” While the work of the IE Team has been ongoing since 2016, the Departmental Consultations are a direct response to the Black@AppState demands. These consultations include:
A paced, guided, and tailored curriculum revision process that departments and programs can use to reflect upon, analyze, and revise their curriculum to advance instruction that is inclusive and equitable.
Ongoing consultation and coaching services premised on collaborative and relational approaches to support departments as they engage in curriculum revision processes.
A network of services to connect groups undertaking curriculum revision with university personnel who can offer specific and focused expertise to address each department’s particular needs.
A method to foster intra-departmental collegiality and collaboration as shared goals for inclusive learning, as they are articulated and infused across the curriculum.
Departmental Consultations follow an inclusive design cycle by engaging in three phases: Consideration, Enactment, and Assessment. Our team members will guide your department/academic unit through each step of the process.
- The decision to enact systemic change must be made to begin this work.
- Consider previous data collected from students or faculty to begin a self-assessment.
- Determine goals and possible outcomes.
- With the help of the IE Team, begin to develop your action plan.
- Communicate an action plan to the department.
- Develop strategies and assessment plans for this work.
- Implement the plan.
- Assess the action plan.
- Assess if goals and outcomes were achieved.
- Begin Reflection Cycle.
How Do We Begin This Work?
Rather than bringing a checklist of tasks to our meeting, we will begin consultation by inviting you to reflect and consider some questions as you prepare for the work. Our goal is to understand where your department feels they are in terms of their IE journey.
Questions to consider:
- How would you describe your reasons for wanting to consult with the Inclusive Excellence Team?
- Who should be included in our initial conversations about Inclusive Excellence work?
- How would you describe the department’s climate around Inclusive Excellence work?
- Are there field-specific frameworks, theories, organizations, or standards within your content area that intersect with and might inform diversity and Inclusive Excellence work within the department?