Inclusive Teaching Collective

Members of the collective explore what it means to engage with culturally sensitive and affirming practices for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students.


Based upon a shared experience in the Lumen Circles Fellows program on belonging and inclusive teaching, Prof. Iona Ringgold and Prof. Kathy Orlando created the Inclusive Teaching Collective (ITC), a shared inquiry space for faculty. 

Since spring 2023, 14 faculty from five colleges and the Cook Library — including part time, full time undergraduate or graduate faculty, lecturers and adjuncts — have been engaged in ITC.


At its core, ITC centers students’ belonging in our TU learning environments. For each ITC in-person or zoom session, graduate and undergraduate TU students join the faculty to share their experiences about “what it means to feel like I belong” in learning spaces as well as to share ideas for faculty to try. Faculty debrief what they heard and discuss among each other the importance of our shared work for the students’ success.


As a result, ITC also centers TU faculty goals for student success, and faculty are asked to bring an idea to their courses from what they are learning in ITC. Faculty are identifying goals, developing a plan and creating feedback loops. What makes ITC different is the focus on the C “collective” as faculty work with a partner in this process. Partners have roles such as thought partners, co-planners, co-teachers or observers. 

“Fitting in and belonging are not the same thing; rather, fitting in is a barrier to belonging. ”


New Cohort Forming for Fall 2023

Join university colleagues to consider perspectives on what it means to engage with culturally sensitive and affirming practices for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students in our classrooms. 

Who is invited? 

All part time, full time undergraduate or graduate faculty. Lecturers and adjuncts are encouraged to participate. 

What to expect? 

Participation in this collective will include opportunities to add to your instructional toolkit, develop cross university relationships for shared learning and support, and/or explore scholarly work in this area. Sessions are typically in-person, and some are virtual. 

Throughout the sessions you will work with and learn from TU colleagues on how to foster student success by creating a sense of belonging in your courses so that each student feels included. 

Corhort Sessions 

Date  Time Location
October 19 4 - 5:30 p.m. South Campus Pavilion
October 26 4 - 5:30 p.m. (Location TBD)
November 2 4 - 5:30 p.m. (Virtual)
November 9 4 - 5:30 p.m. (In-Person)
November 16 4 - 5:30 p.m. (In-Person)
November 30 4 - 5:30 p.m. (Virtual)
December 7 4 -5:30 p.m. (TBD)
December 14  (TBD) (TBD)

*December 14 will be the closing celebration 


Iona Ringgold, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion