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Teaching for Equity and Inclusion Panel Discussion

Event: Teaching for Equity and Inclusion panel discussion   

Day/Time: June 24, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. on Zoom

Hosted By: The Collaborating Across Boundaries (CAB) team,

Diane Bates, Kim Pearson, and Monisha Pulimood

Sponsored by:

NSF Award #1914869, Collaborating Across Boundaries (CAB)

and Barbara Meyers Pelson Chair in Faculty-Student Engagement (AY 2018-2021)

 Supported by:

Center for Community Engagement

Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Office of Instructional Design

The Teaching for Equity and Inclusion event opened with a moderated panel discussion on current equity and inclusion campus initiatives focused on teaching and mentoring for inclusion, such as the FIRSTS, EOF, and Cooperman programs.

The panelists were:

Benny Chan, Chemistry, co-PI FIRSTS grant (NSF Award #1525109)

James Felton, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Marla Jaksch, Women’s & Gender Studies, CAB Faculty (NSF Award #1914869)

John Marshall, Educational Opportunity Fund

The primary intent of the event was to build awareness of current campus initiatives that have focused on teaching and mentoring for equity and inclusion, and to have an open conversation about how we might collaborate to create classroom learning experiences to help students recognize the relevance of such issues as racism, sexism, classism, ableism and other forms of oppression across the curriculum. 

There were some great conversations on equity, and creating inclusive classrooms and experiences. However, the time was too short to allow us to delve into how we might work together to help students make deeper connections between their major studies and courses on Race and Ethnicity, Gender, and global issues, and to equip them to collaborate with people with diverse perspectives to address the critical issues we face.

The organizers intend this event to be a step in the right direction to creating a foundation for future collaborations and conversations towards systemic change. 

Next steps include

  • Form a learning community to further explore an area of interest.
  • Adopt the CAB model
    • Collaborate with a colleague in a different discipline, and ideally a community partner, to engage students more deeply in understanding how issues of race, gender, etc. intersect with their own disciplines.
  • Join the CAB at TCNJ group to discuss these topics more broadly via email.
  • Follow-up Event
    • There were many calls for a follow-up event to explore emergent topics further. 


Interested faculty are encouraged to contact the CAB team to learn more about any of the above. 

  • Dr. Diane Bates
  • Dr.Monisha Pulimood:
  • Professor Kim Pearson: