Resources for Reducing Prejudice

Page last updated on 08/19/2014

Tools for Inclusivity

Campus Climate has some excellent online tutorials

Carnegie Mellon's online course design workshop includes a section on cultural differences:  "While all cultures value learning, the kinds of learning valued in particular cultures, the manner in which learning is believed to best occur, and the ways in which the roles of students and teachers are conceptualized may differ profoundly from culture to culture. When students from different cultures share a classroom – or if you, as the instructor, come from a different culture than your students – it is important to consider how cultural background can affect classroom dynamics and learning. A document created by the Eberly Center and the Intercultural Communication Center called Recognizing and Addressing Cultural Variations in the Classroom can help you as an instructor . . ."  This document explores the challenges that international students face, but addresses issues that may apply to many other students as well.

UW-L's "inclusive Language" Guidelines

Disability Rights issues:  "Person first" language, but see also "Person first:" A dissenting view

Inclusive Teaching:  What makes students feel excluded, and what can we do about it?  From the Center for Instructional Development at the University of Washington.

Cultural Competence Evaluation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration provides some overall assessment tools for organizations as well as group-specific tools.  Note that most of these assume that the organization's focus is health care or social services.  Most of these online resources do focus on health care -- this is the only one I found that included group-specific resources.  Unfortunately, the only group-specific resources here for LGBT populations is under HIV/AIDS care.

Cultural Competency Self-Assessment from the National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.  See also the links to cultural and linguistic competency statements from professional associations in the health care fields.

Assessment Instruments

Contact Deb Hoskins, Dept. of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, if you would like to use WGSS's attitudes assessment survey, a pre-/post- instrument that measures change in students' attitudes toward historically oppressed populations and laws/policies the affect or target those groups.  The survey is on SurveySelect, administered electronically. 

Knowing Our Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Freshman Survey" is always interesting for understanding generational differences.