Syllabus as Inclusive Practice

Julie Bezzerides, Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Spencer Payton


A course syllabus can affirm that everyone is a welcome participant in the class through carefully selected language and overt statements of inclusive policies. Likewise, the lack of inclusive language in syllabi potentially excludes students before class even begins. Incorporating language that exhibits awareness of difference is, perhaps, the least educators can do to demonstrate appreciation of and respect for diversity in the classroom. This flash essay provides examples of inclusive syllabus language and develops the rationale for utilizing such language in course syllabi.


inclusive practices; inclusion; diversity

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