NWTC Equity Guide A guide to diversity, equity and inclusion at NWTC | Page 24

DIVERSITY EDUCATION NWTC offers programs that are designed to encourage critical thinking and foster awareness and sensitivity by facilitating conversations and trainings that promote social justice, enhance cultural competence and develop inclusive leaders. Below are some of the reoccurring trainings, programs, and experiences being created for employees and students. Inclusively Course Series Research studies have shown that “the academic achievement of ethnically diverse students will improve when they are taught through their own cultural and experiential filters.”* NWTC’s Inclusively Course Series — Living Inclusively, Teaching Inclusively, Serving Inclusively, and Managing Inclusively (LITISIMI) — are sessions designed to provide employees with tools that we can use to create that inclusive environment and increase student learning. *Gay, G. (2002). Preparing for culturally responsive teaching. Journal of Teacher Education, 53 (2), p. 106 Living Inclusively: The purpose is to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of culture and how it relates to personal and societal history, social perception and influence, personal values, beliefs, biases, societal structure, local and global societies, cultural practices, and functions and trends. All employees are required to take this course. Teaching Inclusively: The purpose is to develop materials and strategies for ensuring that their classrooms are inclusive and engage all students, especially students of color. All benefit eligible faculty are required to take this course. 22 Serving Inclusively: The purpose is to develop policies and skills for ensuring that the campus environment is inclusive and engages all. All benefit eligible staff are required to take this course. Managing Inclusively: The purpose is to continue building upon the understanding of equity and inclusion and to begin applying this knowledge within a supervisor/leader role. Key components of the curriculum include leading a multicultural environment; developing strategies for managing conflict; demographic data; student/alumni feedback; identity and bias; highlights from Teaching Inclusively and Serving Inclusively; and a capstone.