Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The University of Cincinnati recognizes a very broad and inclusive concept of diversity that includes commonly recognized considerations such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religion, and regional or national origin. Supporting diverse students creates an inclusive community that engages, challenges, and values the contributions of all its members.

Our Model

"As our nation struggles to find its true north, higher education must stand ready to point the way. Because ours is a story worth sharing—about the power of inclusion, the promise of learning and the proliferation of hope. Each of us, in our own way, must live these values into action, knowing that even a single courageous example can change the count" (President Neville G. Pinto, Welcome Home, Bearcats).

To ensure that UC's classrooms support all students' learning, CET&L provides programming and resources that draw on social science and education research, including work on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), mindset, stereotype threat, and self-regulated learning. We seek to promote a campus-wide dialogue around simple evidence-based strategies for designing equitable and inclusive learning environments. These strategies can be applied in a variety of contexts across disciplines and many require very little time investment. We believe that small changes can go a long way in helping to create classrooms that support all of our students.


Teaching and Assessment Resources

Key Concepts

This page provides definitions of several components related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Getting Started

This resource provides simple easy-to-implement strategies for creating more inclusive classrooms. These strategies include things that can be done before a course begins while selecting content or creating a syllabus, as well as things that can be done to set the right tone during the first few days of a course.

Teaching for Inclusion

Our Teaching for Inclusion page currently provides information devoted to instructional strategies and tools to promote student belonging, encourage openness to new strategies for learning, and methods for creating and sustaining mutual respect and civility within our broad community of learners.

Assessing for Inclusion

This resource is devoted to providing instructional strategies and examples of tools to develop inclusive means for assessing student learning. Overall topics include:

  • Assessing to Learn about Students' Prior Knowledge, Beliefs, Experiences and Values
  • Assessing to Make Teaching Adjustments
  • Assessing to Promote Independent Learning

Faculty Senate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resources

UC's Faculty Senate steering committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Curriculum has curated two resources on creating inclusive classroom environments at UC.

UC Programs and Services

The Office of Equity and Inclusion works to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse campus that embraces diversity as one of our core values, infusing every aspect of campus life and purpose, and every measure of success.

CET&L Contact

If you would like to discuss inclusive teaching and assessment practices, please contact Anna Donnell or Beth Faller.

Anna Donnell

Beth Faller