Inclusive Higher Education Workshops

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We are pleased to highlight publicly available campus and CIRTL Network workshops on topics relating to inclusive excellence and the climate of academia, as well opportunities for the alumni of the Inclusive Teaching Institute and Learning Community on Inclusive Teaching for Graduate Students and Postdocs to continue exploring issues of identity, diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Many of these programs stem from Graduate School participation in an NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant project co-led by Future Faculty and Academic Careers the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, as well as signature programming from the Center for Teaching Innovation for students and faculty, and Cornell University’s Inclusive Excellence Network series of programs for staff.

Upcoming Events

Exploring Diversity in Implicit Leadership Theories and Their Role in Inclusive Teaching and Learning

  • A two-part online workshop from the CIRTL Network
  • July 26, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET and July 29, 2021 from 1:00-2:00pm ET
  • Registration closes July 23 or when capacity is reached

Past Events

Equity Changemaking in the Classroom and Beyond

Learning Community on Inclusive Teaching for Graduate Students and Postdocs

This is a six-week online program that runs concurrently with the asynchronous Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom course. Participants meet weekly via Zoom to discuss how to create and sustain inclusive learning environments. Identify practical, evidence-based strategies appropriate for your discipline and future teaching plans.

This program is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching Innovation and the Graduate School’s Future Faculty and Academic Careers program.

Who may apply?

Graduate students and postdocs at Cornell. Apply for Summer 2021


  • Dates: The program runs June 3 – July 8, 2021
  • Meeting times: all meetings are Thursdays from 11:10 am – 12:00 pm
  • Time commitment: Approximately 15-20 hours (6 hours of total virtual meeting time, plus the asynchronous course work)
  • You must be enrolled concurrently in the asynchronous online course, Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom, which begins June 1, 2021

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. explain why social identities are salient in teaching and learning
  2. identify learning strategies that foster inclusion
  3. create a diversity statement for your syllabus

Recent offerings we have co-sponsored:

  • October 1 – November 5, 2020
  • May 26 – July 2, 2020

Intergroup Dialogue Project Course for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Cornell IDP logo reading "equity, dignity, respect"

Do you ever find it challenging to connect with your students? With faculty? With colleagues? Have you ever encountered power dynamics in your field or at Cornell that you didn’t know how to address? Have you ever been in a situation where someone said something that made you uncomfortable and you didn’t know how to react? Do you ever want to talk about social identities like race, gender or sexual orientation, but you don’t know how? Do you want to connect with others who have the same questions?

Recent offerings we have co-sponsored:

  • June-July 2021
  • June-July 2019
  • December 2018-January 2019
  • July 2018
  • January 2018
  • August 2017
  • July 2017

“Equity in Science” Book Talk with Author and Professor Julie Posselt

  • February 17, 2021, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm ET
  • Meets remotely by Zoom
  • The e-book of “Equity in Science” is now available through the Cornell Library system

Faculty Holistic Review Workshop for Graduate Admissions

  • August 19, 2019, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ET
  • 401 Warren Hall
  • Presenters: Julie Posselt, University of Southern California, and Casey Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology

Holistic Graduate Admissions Mini-Workshop for Future Faculty

  • August 19, 2019, from 4:00-6:00 pm ET
  • 401 Warren Hall
  • Presenters: Julie Posselt, University of Southern California, and Casey Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology

Holistic review is an evidence-based practice for identifying talent and increasing diversity. In this mini-workshop, led by nationally recognized experts Drs. Julie Posselt and Casey Miller, participants will learn the research basis for holistic review and practical applications to graduate admissions. Participants will come away with tools and resources to support implementation of holistic graduate admissions.

These events are hosted by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) at Cornell.These events are hosted by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) at Cornell and supported by the NSF AGEP Transformation Alliance: Improved Academic Climate for STEM Dissertators and Postdocs to Increase Interest in Faculty Careers (NSF Grant No. 1647094). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed during this event are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 

Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Innovation and Future Faculty and Academic Careers in the Graduate School (formerly CIRTL at Cornell)

Recent offerings we have co-sponsored: (currently on hiatus during coronavirus pandemic)

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

  • Robert L. Harris, Jr. ADVANCEments in Science Lecture; Institute for the Social Sciences Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences
  • Monday, February 11, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Alice Statler Auditorium

Broadening Participation in Computing: Breaking Down Barriers and Increasing Access

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
* Recommended Community Event *

The Information Science Colloquium speaker for Wednesday, November 29, 2017, will be Juan Gilbert, the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida, where he leads the Human-Experience Research Lab. His research areas include database, data science and informatics, human-centered computing, information security and machine learning.

Note: The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement and CIRTL also hosted a Power Mentoring dinner for graduate students and postdocs with Dr. Gilbert on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm.

Beverly Tatum Talk: Why Are All the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Campus Conversations About Race in the 21st Century 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Sage Chapel

The Center for Teaching InnovationEngaged Cornell, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, and the Graduate School welcome Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita at Spelman College, to campus on September 13.

Dr. Tatum is a nationally recognized authority on racial issues and the psychology of racism in America, in exploring racial stereotypes and cross-racial dialogue. She will be presenting from her book, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, with a discussion to follow.

Intergroup Dialogue Project: Special Sessions on Social Justice in the Sciences – Spring 2017

Especially in the sciences, graduate students rarely receive the training needed to address cultural and social differences they encounter during their careers. Learning how to communicate and work across difference is an essential skill in any career, and this program will allow graduate students to explore their social identities, to practice communication across difference, and to think together about authentic diversity in academia. This workshop series is complementary to the longer-format graduate course in IDP.

  • Session 1: March 11 & 12, 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Session 2: March 25 & 26, 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Session 3: March 20 & 22, 5:30-8:30 PM

This IDP Program was made possible by funding from the American Association of University Women.

Regional Learning Community on Inclusive Teaching – Summer 2016

A 7-week program for current and future faculty at Cornell, Columbia, University of Rochester, and University at Buffalo. Through online group discussions and in-person workshops, participants will develop an understanding of the impact of identity, attitudes, and biases on student learning, and explore teaching strategies to create more inclusive learning environments.

Readings and Online Discussions: May 1-June 11, 2016. One-day in-person symposium: June 15, 2016

  • University of Rochester River Campus, Rochester, NY
  • Speaker: Dr. Heather Hackman

Funding for Cornell University’s Inclusive Teaching Series was provided by a grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates to the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning from 2015-2017.

Creating Inclusive Courses: Universal Design and Beyond

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 3:00-5:30 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Peter Martin, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Education, Ithaca College

The Practice of Inclusive Teaching in STEM

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 10:30-1:30 (lunch provided)
  • Panelists: Dr. Mark Lewis, Dr. Cissy Ballen, Nicholas Mason, Dr. Michelle Tong
  • Bring a syllabus or work on enhancing a provided one. Optional certificates are available – more details will be sent to interested registrants.

The Future of Diversity: Rethinking Pedagogy in Diverse College Classrooms

  • Friday, April 15, 2016 from 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, Ithaca College

Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs (Inaugural Institute in 2016)

  • Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, 2016 from 9:30-2:00
  • 423 ILR Conference Center
  • By application – deadline: January 10, 2016

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This project is currently funded in part by the National Science Foundation (under grant number 1647094; AGEP CIRTL). Any opinions, findings, interpretations, conclusions or recommendations expressed at these events and in related publications and materials are those of their respective authors and do not represent the views of the National Science Foundation.