We, the Boston University School of Public Health community, believe that fostering diversity and inclusion is essential to fulfilling our mission as an academic public health institution; a mission firmly rooted in social justice. Our rich tradition of celebrating diversity and inclusion strengthens our voice as a community and our ability to eliminate health disparities locally, nationally, and globally. We aim not just to sustain, but to constantly improve our inclusive culture, striving to get better at being better with the belief that embracing diversity cannot live in a statement alone. Diversity and inclusion are central to all that we do as a School; we are glad that you are here.
Tools & Resources
Resources and professional development opportunities to foster inclusive teaching at SPH can be found below.
Anti-Oppressive Teaching in Public Health
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) webinar on, Incorporating Anti-Oppressive Principles into Public Health Teaching
- Presentation Slides
- Recording (passcode: 770J&YGP)
Suggestions and resources for instructors looking to advance racial and social justice across the curriculum, with a focus on discipline-specific applications and examples.
The University of Minnesota’s guide for conducting research through an anti-racist lens.
D&I Learning Toolkits
These self-guided D&I Learning Toolkits are curated by BU D&I’s Learning & Training team to support you on your lifelong journey of learning and self-development. Each Toolkit delves into a single topic through readings, podcasts, videos, reflections, and more. You can filter each Toolkit based on the level (foundational, advanced) and type of resource you would like to explore. Explore toolkits on the following topics:
- Disability and Ableism
- Fundamental DEI Concepts
- Gender and Sexuality
- Implicit Bias and Macroaggressions
- Inclusive Leaders
- Inclusive Learning Spaces
- Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism
- White Supremacist Culture
Evidence-Based Inclusive Teaching Guide
This guide presents research studies and resources related to inclusive teaching. It defines inclusive teaching as teaching practices that make the class environment and interactions welcoming and that provide opportunities for success for all students. The guide focuses primarily on inclusivity across race, ethnicity, and gender, but the ‘deep teaching’ model on which it is based provides a philosophy that can guide inclusion across other differences.
Facing History and Ourselves
“Facing History and Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate”. Explore their collection of educator resources, teaching strategies, and professional development opportunities.
Inclusive Teaching Practices
Iowa State University’s inclusive course checklist helps address issues to consider when designing and leading a course.
The Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia helps instructors answer that question by offering five inclusive teaching principles derived from research and evidence-based practices.
How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive: Advice Guide from The Chronicle of Higher Education shares tips that any instructor can use to minimize inequities and help more students succeed.
Innovative teaching methods and tools from the University of Michigan that foster success for students through inclusive teaching practices
Vanderbilt University’s Increasing Inclusivity in the Classroom teaching guide discusses the importance of inclusivity in the classroom, presents examples of teaching more inclusively, and provides additional resources for further guidance.
Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the editors of Pedagogy in Health Promotion have curated a special collection of previously published peer-reviewed articles discussing pedagogical approaches for addressing racism and health equity.
Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration by Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), University of Pennsylvania (2020)
Reimagining Disability & Inclusion Education
Digital accessibility resources curated by the BU Office of Distance Education, provide useful starting points for understanding and improving digital accessibility in and outside of the classroom.
Every single person is unique and has different skills, so why are students taught the same way? In TEDxUTULSA, Jan Wilson explores the possibilities of a universal design for learning, and how every individual can benefit.
Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning
Watch the recording from our Teaching & Learning event for Trauma-Informed Pedagogy, presented by Dr. Carol Dolan in Oct 2021. The presentation slides can be found here.
This guide to trauma-informed teaching highlights teaching principles and resources, accompanied by concrete strategies used by BU faculty.
Dr. Sophie Godley compiled ideas for increasing trauma-informed classrooms, including sample language for syllabi.
Columbia School of Social Work created a one-page overview of trauma-informed teaching and learning principles and practices to support educators during a global health crisis. This was created to help those educators who are managing the quick move to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beyond Trigger Warnings: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Teaching by Nicole Bedera, “builds a trauma-informed and survivor-centered pedagogy that offers specific examples and strategies of how to teach to survivors instead of around them.” June 4, 2021
What LGBTQ Students Want From Their Faculty
“15 LGBTQ-identified Penn students tell faculty what they need in order to fully participate and learn in the classroom… This video was produced by faculty, staff and students at the University of Pennsylvania with support from Penn Futures Project and the Provost’s Excellence Through Diversity program.” Amy Hillier. January 19, 2019