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Research Guides@Tufts

Diversifying Course Materials

Resources to support greater diversity in the classroom

Sample Statements for Syllabi

A diversity statement is a paragraph or section in institutional, department, or course language that welcomes the range of human representations including race, class, gender, religion, accessibility, and socioeconomic status. Instructors can use the diversity statement to set expectations for civil discourse, encouragement for varying opinions, and standards of behavior both within a course or discipline and during controversial campus events. At root, the diversity statement signals belief that all students have value and bring unique perspectives worthy of consideration. 

Source: Yale 




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Ways to Diversify Course Material

  • Diverse authorship of readings (ethnicity, gender, geo-location)
  • Invite guest speakers who bring different perspectives
  • Use diverse A/V material, ie, films, interviews, TED
  • Incorporate readings that challenge standard approaches
  • Use primary research with authorship that reflects local collaborators
  • Offer multiple perspectives in assigned readings; let students choose which to read/discuss

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