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Inclusive Teaching Training

The GSI/IA Inclusive Teaching Trainings are offered each Winter to Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Assistants (IAs) supporting Computer Science and Engineering courses.

The trainings, which are part of the Computing CARES initiative to educate the teaching staff about barriers to success that students in their courses may face, cover topics including imposter syndrome, stereotype threat, and implicit biases. In addition, they provide practical advice and foster group discussions on how to combat those barriers, specifically in the context of Computer Science education.

The Inclusive Teaching trainings launched in Winter 2019, and have been attended by many first-time and returning participants at each offering. Each year, Computing CARES organizes several sessions facilitated by pairs of student instructors. In 2021, the series offered a total of 11 workshops during the last week of February and first week of March, as described in this article.

Chart showing participation over time
Participants at each offering of the GSI/IA Inclusive Teaching Workshops, 2019-2021.

The INTRODUCTORY CSE Inclusive Teaching Workshop covers topics of implicit bias, stereotype threat, impostor syndrome, and privilege. These workshops include brief small-group discussions on common CSE scenarios that GSIs/IAs may face in their courses. In addition, the workshops discuss specific challenges and solutions related to CSE’s online teaching format. INTRO workshops are designed for GSIs and IAs who have not yet taken CSE Inclusive Teaching Workshops in prior years. Participation is capped at 25 attendees per workshop.

In addition, in Winter 2021, Computer CARES launched Inclusive Teaching ADVANCED workshops, targeted toward individuals who have participated in the CSE Inclusive Teaching Workshops in prior years. The advanced workshops provide a quick review of key concepts, and dedicate the majority of the session to the discussion of several scenarios and common challenges encountered in CSE courses (e.g., how to promote diversity and equality within teams carrying out course projects; how to address/respond to bias statements in course settings; how to work with students who may be facing difficult personal or home situations due to the pandemic; how to address news of incidents of gender harassment, etc.). To increase engagement in this discussion-centered format, participation is capped at 15 individuals per workshop.

The trainings have had participation by several lower division courses, with growing interest by upper division and graduate courses. To date, these courses include: EECS183, EECS203, EECS280, EECS281, EECS370, EECS376, EECS398, EECS481, EECS482, EECS485, EECS493, EECS590, and ENGR101.