Including a diversity statement in your syllabus communicates and models your commitment to inclusion in your course. You can repurpose an existing statement from other Universities or write your own.
Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University. Diversity & Inclusion Syllabus Statements.
Everly Center, Carnegie Mellon University. (2021). Diversity Statement on a Syllabus.
Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, Clemson University. (2019). Diversity & Inclusion Syllabus Statements.
One argument that arises when discussing diversifying course readings is that it's difficult to specifically identify and locate more diverse experts. To help solve this issue, many Expert databases have been created to promote diverse experts in a variety of fields.
Start with a Library search for more diverse topics and authors in your discipline and consult our subject research guides, which can help point out key resources. You can also use Google and Google scholar or diversity databases (see our "Find diverse experts" section) to locate diverse academics.
Tips for diversifying readings from Tufts University Libraries
(From Human Rights Services) Religious accommodation is the right to have time away from study or work to practice the tenets of one's faith, as long as it does not cause the university undue hardship.
Cultural observances of Indigenous Peoples (First NationsMétis, Inuit, status, and non-status) cannot be easily defined and are not reflected in the calendars. Indigenous spiritual and cultural observances may include ceremonies that are connected to the seasons or to life stages.
Ryerson should make every effort to recognize and accommodate Indigenous People in our community so they may fulfill their spiritual and cultural responsibilities.