Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Taking an intersectional approach to teaching, this week's review presents strategies to create inclusive learning environments.

Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching

ed. by Rita Kumar and Brenda Refaei Cincinnati, 2021
238p bibl index, 9781947602991 $42.95, 9781947602182

Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching book cover. Orange background with white and black text.

Edited by Kumar (Univ. of Cincinnati) and Rafaei (Univ. of Cincinnati Blue Ash College), this collection tackles the notion that only certain college disciplines have the skill sets or knowledge to create inclusive classrooms. They argue that each college instructor must promote equity so that all students feel welcomed and respected. Specifically, the contributors focus on the intersectionality of race, class, age, sexuality, and disability. This reader-friendly text is easy to navigate. The book is organized into six parts, and the first (“Setting Up Inclusive Learning Environments”) and last (“Inclusive Assessment”) are essential reading for educators in all disciplines. Other chapters address specific disciplines such as STEM, the humanities, and the social sciences. These chapters have practical applications that can help educators create inclusive environments by offering guidance on developing curriculum; setting up a syllabus; establishing a student-centered teaching classroom; and, because the world is still in the middle of a pandemic, creating an inclusive online classroom. This is an important text for educators interested in creating equity-based learning environments in their classrooms.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals.
Reviewer: G. Colosi, Syracuse University
Interdisciplinary Subjects: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Studies, Racial Justice
Social & Behavioral Sciences – Education
Choice Issue: Sep 2022

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