Ensuring Diversity, Equity & Inclusion In The Online Learning Environment
Wednesday, October 5 ~ 3:00-4:00pm (Eastern)
Challenge - Ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in the online learning environment
- How can faculty ensure all students feel welcome, included, and engaged in the online classroom?
- How do faculty address microaggressions and exclusionary behavior in the online classroom?
- What are best practices to ensure the classroom environment considers the diversity of each student’s identities?
- What are the pitfalls that create exclusion?
Participants will be able to apply equity and inclusion skills and strategies as they assess their online classroom environment from syllabus to implementation to ensure that all students can be successful.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many universities to develop plans to shift to an online learning environment, and since 2020, we have seen a continued shift toward virtual learning opportunities. As most institutions commit to diversity, equity, and inclusion values in their vision and mission statements, ensuring equity and inclusion for all students in the online learning environment is necessary to create integrity between values and actions.
In this presentation, participants will think intentionally about strategies they can utilize to ensure equity and inclusion, such as accessibility considerations, addressing microaggressions, and the importance of asynchronous opportunities. Participants will also learn skills to prevent and address exclusionary moments in the online classroom.
- Analyze current classroom structure
- Identify strategies to address microaggressions and other exclusionary behaviors
- Apply best practices to create greater inclusion of all students in the online learning environment
- Identify campus resources to assist with creating greater inclusion in the online classroom
- Online Learning
- Student Services/Affairs
- Academic Affairs
- Any educator interested in learning more about how to use diversity, equity, & inclusion in online courses
Naomi Sigg is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at John Carroll University and plays a major role in the development of DEI and campus climate initiatives on campus. In her role, she oversees the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which includes the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX, and the Student Accessibility Services. Naomi is a certified Green Dot Facilitator, Sustained Dialogue Moderator, and holds a Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace.
Before joining John Carroll University, Naomi served as the Senior Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Multicultural Affairs. During her tenure at CWRU, Naomi, along with her team, developed the three-hour Diversity 360 educational module for undergraduate and graduate students which serves as a common experience, setting a foundation for key identity, diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts. The program is facilitated by over 175 trained faculty, staff, and students. To date, over 12,000 students have been through the program.
As a strong advocate for underrepresented and marginalized communities, Naomi collaborated with students in the creation of several new organizations including, the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative, the Black Student Union, Voices: A Women of Color Collaborative and the Indigenous Alliance for Native American and Indigenous communities on campus. Naomi often presents her work at regional and national conferences, including the International Conference on Conflict Resolution and Education, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU), and the Ohio Consortium for Multicultural Centers in Higher Education (OCMCHE). Naomi was the recipient of the Mather Spotlight Award presented by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the awardee of the Ohio College Personnel Association’s Equity and Inclusion Award, and along with colleagues from Case Western Reserve University she received the National Dialogue Award presented by the Sustained Dialogue International Institute. Recently, Naomi received the G. Dean Patterson, People Are Most Important Award presented to a staff member, faculty member, or alumnus of the university who has consistently made students feel valued, affirmed students' sense of belonging, and treats students with respect.
As an Ohio native, Naomi received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio before spending eight years at Washington University in St. Louis working on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Bio current as of October 2022
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