Fostering a Culture of Belonging through Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning

As educators, we can work to create inclusive environments with equitable learning opportunities to ensure that every student has the opportunities necessary to succeed.

ACUE’s microcredential course in Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning provides faculty with proven strategies to create a more equitable and just learning environment. Equity-promoting teaching practices are among the hundreds of recommended approaches that faculty learn about and develop in all ACUE programs, as demonstrated in ACUE’s Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Curriculum Crosswalk (PDF).

This course is organized around five competencies and takes approximately 8 weeks to complete. You will learn within a facilitated online cohort of your peers, with whom you will share insights and ideas.

Microcredential Course Modules

  • Managing the Impact of Biases
  • Reducing Microaggressions 
  • Addressing Imposter Phenomenon and Stereotype Threat
  • Cultivating an Inclusive Environment

Educators who complete the requirements for this open enrollment course earn a microcredential in “Fostering a Culture of Belonging.” This course does not apply toward earning the full Certificate in Effective College Instruction.

Learn More

More information about the course outcomes, experience, and expectations are available through the information video and flyer.

 

Next Course Date

February 27 - April 30

  • Break: April 10 - 16
  • Open to graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

 

Benefits of the Course

In addition to the obvious benefits of supporting an inclusive climate at NIU, there are a number of reasons why you should consider the course:

  • Visibility as a leader within your department who is working to increase student success and equity
  • Membership in a cohort of like-minded peers where you can meet others and form connections across disciplinary silos

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the microcredential on Fostering a Culture of Belonging through Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning differ from the Course on Effective Teaching Practice?

The microcredential in inclusive teaching practices is a much shorter course (8 weeks vs. 25 weeks for the course on Effective Teaching Practice). The microcredential leads to a digital badge as recognition, whereas the course on Effective Teaching Practice leads to a credential in Effective College Instruction that is awarded in collaboration with the American Council on Education

While the course in Effective Teaching Practice does address issues of equity and inclusion, the microcredential spends more time on these topics and provides opportunity for deeper reflection on how you create an inclusive learning environment.

What does the course consist of?Updated

The course consists of four online modules:

  • Managing the Impact of Biases
  • Reducing Microaggressions
  • Addressing Imposter Phenomenon and Stereotype Threat
  • Creating an Inclusive Environment

Each module includes a few videos to discuss the topic and demonstrate implementation techniques, discussions for you to share thoughts with the other participants, and a reflection.

How long does the course take to complete?
You will have 8 weeks to complete the course, usually with a 1-week break for either Thanksgiving or Spring Break, depending on the semester and when the course begins.
What is the time commitment to complete the course?Updated

The course consists of 4 online modules completed over 8 weeks, involving 2-3 hours of online content and engagement per week, as well as time spent on application of instructional practices in your classroom (if you are currently teaching).

Who is eligible to complete the course?

Most cohorts will be open to all NIU faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, instructional, and clinical faculty (instructional faculty includes full-time, part-time, and adjunct instructors). Staff who teach (both SPS and operating staff) are also welcome in the faculty cohorts.

Graduate student cohorts will be available at least once a year and will be open to any graduate student. Because space is limited, preference may be given to students who have career aspirations in academia and those who have graduate teaching assistantships.

Participants

Name Department College / Division Cohort
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Nader Alghoul Political Science Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Maharib Matab M Alotaibi Educational Technology, Research and Assessment Education Fall 2022 Graduate Student
Valentina Alpuin Curriculum and Instruction Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Rahmi Aoyama World Languages and Cultures Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Therese Arado Law Law Fall 2021 Faculty
Marissa Bamberger Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Michael Barnes Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Gabrielle Bennett Kinesiology and Physical Education Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Danica Billingsly Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Health and Human Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Sally Blake Curriculum and Instruction Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Valerie Brosius Curriculum and Instruction Education Spring 2023 Faculty
Milijana Buac Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Melissa Burlingame Environmental Studies Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2021 Faculty
Oliver Camacho McKinley "Deacon" Davis CHANCE Program Academic Affairs Fall 2022 Faculty
Cathy Carlson Nursing Health and Human Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Rouzbeh Chegeni Health Studies Health and Human Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Gibson Cima Theatre and Dance Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Jeanine Clark Bremer Curriculum and Instruction Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Melissa Clucas Walter Family and Consumer Sciences Health and Human Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Sarita Connelly Theatre and Dance Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz World Languages and Cultures Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Finley Cowlishaw Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Bradrick Cripe Accountancy Business Spring 2023 Faculty
Raquel Cruz Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Suzanne Degges-White Counseling and Higher Education Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Abdoulaye Diallo Interdisciplinary Health Professions Health and Human Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Frankie DiCiaccio Theatre and Dance Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Stephanie Dietrich P-20 Center Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development Fall 2023 Faculty
Jerian Dixon-Evans Interdisciplinary Health Professions Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Lara Dohner Theatre and Dance Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Ajewole Duckett Center for Black Studies Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Michele Duffy Curriculum and Instruction Education Fall 2021 Faculty
Jessica Ebert Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2021 Faculty
Laurie Elish-Piper Dean Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Jennifer Erickson Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Sarah Evans Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2023 Faculty
Ricela Feliciano Mathematical Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Rosemary Feurer History Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Melissa Fickling Counseling and Higher Education Education Fall 2023 Faculty
Jennifer Fife English Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Amy Fleming Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Jeremy Floyd Theatre and Dance Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Valerie Garver History Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Bethany Geiseman Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Kassahun Geleta Economics Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Megan Gerken Curriculum and Instruction Education Spring 2023 Faculty
Lydia Gerzel-Short Special and Early Education Education Fall 2021 Faculty
Megan Gilbertson Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Rachel Gordon College of Health and Human Sciences Health and Human Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Sarah Greenhagen Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Rebecca Griffith P-20 Center Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development Fall 2023 Faculty
Kari Harris Center for P-20 Engagement Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development Spring 2023 Faculty
Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Anna Henderson History Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Beverly Henry Health Sciences Health and Human Sciences Fall 2021 Faculty
Lori Hensold Center for P-20 Engagement Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development Spring 2023 Faculty
Kari Hickey Nursing Health and Human Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Alexandra Hill Mathematical Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Rebecca Houze Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Rebecca Hunt Educational Technology, Research and Assessment Education Spring 2023 Faculty
Dana Isawi Counseling and Higher Education Education Fall 2023 Faculty
Farah Ishaq Kinesiology and Physical Education Education Spring 2022 Faculty
Matthew Ison Counseling and Higher Education Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Rana Jaber Health Studies Health and Human Sciences Fall 2021 Faculty
Darius Jackson Curriculum and Instruction Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Trude Jacobsen-Gidaszewski History Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Katy Jaekel (co-facilitator) Counseling and Higher Education Education Fall 2021 Faculty and Spring 2022 Faculty
Bonnie Jensen Sociology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Priyanka Jha Counseling and Higher Education Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Yvonne Johnson Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Academic Affairs Fall 2021 Faculty
Eric Junco Director for Equity Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Helen Kallao History Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Jeff Kidder Sociology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Blythe Kitner Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Anna Klis Economics Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Anne-Marie Kuchinski Nursing Health and Human Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Michael Kushnick Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Health and Human Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Jodi Lampi Curriculum and Instruction Education Spring 2022 Faculty
Jessica Labatte Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2021 Faculty
Robert LeBeau Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Jung Young Lee Operations Management and Information Systems Business Fall 2021 Faculty
Amanda Littauer History and the Center for Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (co-facilitator) Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2021 Faculty, Spring 2022 Faculty, Fall 2022 Faculty
Jennifer Macek Special and Early Education Education Spring 2023 Faculty
Adiza Mohammed History Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Cassandra Mohr Mathematical Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Ismael Montana History Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2021 Faculty
Samantha Morley Curriculum and Instruction Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Nina Mounts Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Saurav Mukhopadhyay Educational Technology, Research and Assessment Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Salieg Munestri Political Science Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Michael Mutersbaugh, Jr. Mathematical Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Nkem Ndem Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Christine Nguyen Industrial and Systems Engineering Engineering and Engineering Technology Spring 2023 Faculty
Harold Nii-Aponash Health Studies Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Gudrun Nyunt Counseling and Higher Education Education Fall 2021 Faculty
Gerald O'Malley English Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Janelle O'Malley Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Yasemin Onder Educational Technology, Research and Assessment Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Maria Amarakristi Onyido Mathematical Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Marcella Otta Kinesiology and Physical Education Education Fall 2021 Faculty
Jeanne Padilla Mathematical Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Kevin Palencia Infante Mathematical Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Molly Pasley Special and Early Education Education Fall 2021 Faculty
Julie Patterson Health Studies Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Francis Perez English Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Marisol Perez Interdisciplinary Health Professions Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Dee Anna Phares University Libraries University Libraries Spring 2022 Faculty
Laura Pittman Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Ruth Poage Center for P-20 Engagement Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development Spring 2023 Faculty
Alan Polansky Statistics and Actuarial Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Nancy Prange Nursing Health and Human Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Brittany Price Earth, Atmosphere and Environment Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Obe Quarless Music Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Anna Quinzio-Zafran Curriculum and Instruction Education Fall 2023 Faculty
Jason Rhode Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Academic Affairs Fall 2021 Faculty
Clare Richey Kaplan Theatre and Dance Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Mariana Ricklefs Curriculum and Instruction Education Spring 2023 Faculty
Nina Rizzo Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Fall 2022 Faculty
Joy Robackouski Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Health and Human Sciences Spring 2023 Faculty
Bethany Rohl Kinesiology and Physical Education Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Erin Rowland-Schaefer Biological Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Rachel Rupnow Mathematical Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Ericka Schaeffer Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Cheyanne Schenkel Earth, Atmosphere and Environment Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Nicole Scheuermann Biological Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Timothy Schoonover Counseling and Higher Education Education Spring 2023 Faculty
Faye Scott English Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Reggie Semanko Political Science Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Rithiya Serey Center for Southeast Asian Studies Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Kimberly Shotick University Libraries University Libraries Fall 2023 Faculty
Helena Sivits Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Meridith Stange Law Law Spring 2022 Faculty
Maria Stefenel/td> Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Lawrence Stein Law Law Fall 2022 Faculty
Hannah Tarleton Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Emily Tatosian Health Studies Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Elizabeth Taylor Biological Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Matt Timko College of Law Library Law Fall 2021 Faculty
Lexi Tintlemann Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Lori Townsend Educational Technology, Research and Assessment Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Stephanie Uhr Nursing Health and Human Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Jennifer Valentine Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Rebecca Vaughn Curriculum and Instruction Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Laura Vazquez Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2021 Faculty
Andrea Villasenor Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2023 Faculty
Taneisha Vilma Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Erin Vobornik Curriculum and Instruction Education Fall 2021 Faculty
Lindsay Vreeland English Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Patty Wallace Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2021 Faculty
Anna Mary Walker Nonprofit and NGO Studies Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2023 Faculty
Patrice Walker Interdisciplinary Health Professions Health and Human Sciences Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Carol Walther Sociology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Jui-Ching Wang Music Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2023 Faculty
Teresa Wasonga Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Kristine Webster Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations Education Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Katja Weimer Psychology Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2022 Faculty
Kelly Wesener Michael Counseling and Higher Education Education Fall 2021 Faculty
Bess Wilson Special and Early Education Education Fall 2023 Faculty
Tyler Wood Kinesiology and Physical Education Education Fall 2022 Faculty
Shinan Wu Art and Design Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2022 Graduate Student
Natalie Young Special and Early Education Education Spring 2023 Faculty
Kathy Zeek English Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2022 Faculty
Christine Zimmerman Educational Technology, Research and Assessment Education Fall 2022 Graduate Student

How ACUE Impacts Teaching and Learning

The ACUE Effective Teaching Practices Program is giving NIU faculty tools to implement and support inclusive and innovative teaching.

Contact Us

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Teaching and Learning

Phone: 815-753-0595
Email: citl@niu.edu

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