- Education is key to deconstruct racial narratives
- Use multiple and diverse examples
- Establish ground rules for interaction
- Examine your assumptions
- Create an inclusive work environment/classroom
- Ensure a complete, whole narrative that conveys the experiences of all – not just the majority
- Model inclusive language
- Practice and use correct pronouns
- Take correction with grace and humility
- Learn and use students’ names and CORRECT pronunciation (practice), perhaps learn the story behind their name
- Examine your curriculum for multiple perspectives, full narrative, diverse, and real cases
- Set fairness as intentional goal
- Be mindful of low ability cues (e.g., “Sure, I’ll be happy to help you with this. I know girls have trouble with math”)
- Provide accommodations for students with disabilities
- Don’t ask people to speak for/represent an entire group
- Don’t speak for a group you do not have expertise and/or experience in
- Practice inclusive classroom behaviors
- Meet people where they are, empathize and engage
- Reflect on how invested you are in the wellbeing of the class/group the whole
- Do not express, reinforce or police ‘the norm’
- Focus on connection, NOT difference
Holistic Review Resources
- Association of American Medical Colleges | Holistic Review
- Employing Noncognitive Variables in the Admission and Retention of Nontraditional Students | Dr. William Sedlacek | University of Maryland at College Park
- Toward Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions | University of California, Davis
- America’s schools are more diverse than ever. But the teachers are still mostly white.
- Combating Racism and Discrimination in and through Education
- Pressure: A Commentary on the Black Physical Therapy Student Experience
- Racial Equity Report Cards
Self-talk: Set or reset yourself
- I can be uncomfortable to make all students comfortable.
- I want to be inclusive and have much to learn.
- Correction and error will help me get to my goal of inclusivity.
- This is not about me and my intent.
- Am I in a learning posture? Or defending something (what?)?