grow inclusive student community
Students are more likely to persist when they have a community related to their academic pursuits. Faculty can help establish, support, and grow an inclusive student community in their programs by following some relatively simple practices in the classroom, by integrating collaborative learning into courses, and by providing leadership and support outside of regular courses.
Practices that can help grow inclusive student community:
Stereotypes are fixed, overgeneralized beliefs about a group of people. They can make individuals feel unwelcome and unfairly judged. By avoiding stereotypes, faculty can help all students feel welcome and seen as individuals.
With collaborative learning, students work together on a formal learning activity. Collaborative learning can help students build the skills they need to work in diverse teams. Some examples of collaborative learning include Pair Programming, Peer Instruction, and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL).
By helping students make social connections, faculty can encourage the growth of peer-support networks and a student-centered learning community. This can be as simple as using ice-breakers in courses or as extensive as creating and supporting a student group.