Fostering an inclusive classroom setting is an integral part of the educational mission of the College of Arts & Sciences and Washington University. What is meant by an “inclusive learning environment”? In these environments, students of all backgrounds and identities are engaged, included, and challenged.
Additionally, in an inclusive learning environment, students receive “even-handed treatment in all aspects of the teacher-student relationship…[and] evaluation of students and award of credit [is] based on academic performance professionally judged and not on matters irrelevant to that performance, such as personality, race, religion, politics, sex, sexual orientation, or personal beliefs” from the WUSTL Policy on Academic Freedom, Responsibility and Tenure, part IIB
We encourage faculty to communicate to their class (either through a syllabus statement, or during class) their commitment to and understanding of inclusive learning environments. Samples of inclusive learning statements can be found at this Carleton University website.
The Teaching Center provides resources and strategies for fostering an inclusive classroom on their Inclusive Learning resources page.