Inclusive Higher Education Workshops

Students talking

We are pleased to highlight publicly available campus and CIRTL Network workshops on topics relating to inclusive excellence in academia, as well opportunities for the alumni of the Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs to continue exploring issues of identity, diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Many of these programs stem from Graduate School participation in an NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) project in partnership with the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, as well as signature programming from the Center for Teaching Innovation for students and faculty, and Cornell University’s Inclusive Excellence Network series of programs for staff.

Upcoming Events

Faculty Holistic Review Workshop for Graduate Admissions

  • August 19, 2019, from 10:00 am-3:00 pm
  • 401 Warren Hall
  • Presenters: Julie Posselt, University of Southern California, and Casey Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology

Registration: http://tiny.cc/HolisticAdmissions

Holistic Graduate Admissions Mini-Workshop for Future Faculty

  • August 19, 2019, from 4:00-6:00 pm
  • 401 Warren Hall
  • Presenters: Julie Posselt, University of Southern California, and Casey Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology

Registration link for future faculty workshop

Holistic review is an evidence-based practice for identifying talent and increasing diversity. In this mini-workshop, led by nationally recognized experts Drs. Julie Posselt and Casey Miller, participants will learn the research basis for holistic review and practical applications to graduate admissions. Participants will come away with tools and resources to support implementation of holistic graduate admissions.

These events are hosted by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) at Cornell and supported by the NSF AGEP Transformation Alliance: Improved Academic Climate for STEM Dissertators and Postdocs to Increase Interest in Faculty Careers (NSF Grant No. 1647094). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed during this event are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 

Past Events

Intergroup Dialogue Project: Summer 2019 Course for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Cornell IDP logo reading "equity, dignity, respect"

Do you ever find it challenging to connect with your students? With faculty? With colleagues? Have you ever encountered power dynamics in your field or at Cornell that you didn’t know how to address? Have you ever been in a situation where someone said something that made you uncomfortable and you didn’t know how to react? Do you ever want to talk about social identities like race, gender or sexual orientation, but you don’t know how? Do you want to connect with others who have the same questions?

The Intergroup Dialogue Project will be offering a 5-session course for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars that will be focusing on such questions in June and July 2019. If you are interested, please submit an application by Friday, May 3.

Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs


Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

  • Robert L. Harris, Jr. ADVANCEments in Science Lecture; Institute for the Social Sciences Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences
  • Monday, February 11, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Alice Statler Auditorium

Intergroup Dialogue Project: Winter 2019 Course for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Do you ever find it challenging to connect with your students? With faculty? With colleagues? Have you ever encountered power dynamics in your field or at Cornell that you didn’t know how to address? Have you ever been in a situation where someone said something that made you uncomfortable and you didn’t know how to react? Do you ever want to talk about social identities like race, gender or sexual orientation, but you don’t know how? Do you want to connect with others who have the same questions?

The Intergroup Dialogue Project will be offering a 5-session course for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars that will be focusing on such questions in December 2018 and January 2019. If you are interested, please submit an application by Tuesday, November 20.


CIRTLCast: Reflections from IUPUI’s Culturally Responsive Teaching Learning Community

  • Wednesday, May 2 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET
  • Online on the CIRTL events calendar
  • Description: Hear graduate students in Indiana University / Purdue University Indianapolis’s Culturally Responsive Teaching learning community reflect on their experiences in the community, how those experiences have shaped their dispositions toward inclusive teaching and learning, and how inclusive teaching and learning can vary across disciplines.

Intergroup Dialogue Project: July 2018 Course for Graduate Students & Postdocs

The Intergroup Dialogue Project offered a 6-session course for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in July 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact IDP Program Assistant Natasha Steinhall (nms68@cornell.edu) or IDP Director Dr. Adi Grabiner-Keinan (ag649@cornell.edu).


Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs – 2018

The Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs is a two-day retreat occurring Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018. Participants will engage proactively in complex discussions about aspects of diversity at Cornell and beyond. Through readings, activities, and discussion, participants will expand their understanding of diversity and implement new ideas into their teaching practices and philosophies.

  • Friday, April 13 from 1:00-6:00 pm and Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • G01 Biotechnology Building

Intergroup Dialogue Project: January 2018 Course for Graduate Students & Postdocs

The Intergroup Dialogue Project offered a 5-session course for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars on the following dates:

  • January 8, 2018 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, and January 12, 16, 19, and 22 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

If you have any questions, please contact IDP Program Assistant Natasha Steinhall (nms68@cornell.edu) or IDP Director Dr. Adi Grabiner-Keinan (ag649@cornell.edu).


Broadening Participation in Computing: Breaking Down Barriers and Increasing Access

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
* Recommended Community Event *

The Information Science Colloquium speaker for Wednesday, November 29, 2017, will be Juan Gilbert, the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida, where he leads the Human-Experience Research Lab. His research areas include database, data science and informatics, human-centered computing, information security and machine learning.

Note: The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement and CIRTL will also be hosting a Power Mentoring dinner for graduate students and postdocs with Dr. Gilbert on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm.


CIRTL Online Workshop: Teaching Inclusively

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET

As student demographics become more diverse, incidents of race and racism, privilege and power regularly impact undergraduates on our campuses. Without training, knowing how to address these inequities effectively can be uncomfortable and challenging.

This online workshop is designed to build your confidence in dealing with “hot moments” or “difficult discussions” in the classroom by giving you practice navigating these situations. The emphasis in the session is on deconstructing conversations and receiving feedback. Learn more about the online workshop


Beverly Tatum Talk: Why Are All the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Campus Conversations About Race in the 21st Century 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Sage Chapel

The Center for Teaching InnovationEngaged Cornell, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, and the Graduate School welcome Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita at Spelman College, to campus on September 13.

Dr. Tatum is a nationally recognized authority on racial issues and the psychology of racism in America, in exploring racial stereotypes and cross-racial dialogue. She will be presenting from her book, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, with a discussion to follow.


Intergroup Dialogue Project: Summer 2017 Courses for Graduate Students & Postdocs

This peer-led course enables participants to reflect on their personal experiences related to such issues, but to also explore ways through which they can promote equity and inclusion in their academic spaces and circles.

  • Course 1: July 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, and 27, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Course 2: July 3, August 3, August 7, August 10, August 14, and August 17, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

This summer program offering for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars has been made possible through funding support from the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and CIRTL at Cornell.


Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs – 2017

The Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs is a two-day retreat occurring Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, 2017. Participants will engage proactively in complex discussions about aspects of diversity at Cornell and beyond. Through readings, activities, and discussion, participants will expand their understanding of diversity and implement new ideas into their syllabi, teaching practices and philosophies. Learn more about the institute


Intergroup Dialogue Project: Special Sessions on Social Justice in the Sciences – Spring 2017

Especially in the sciences, graduate students rarely receive the training needed to address cultural and social differences they encounter during their careers. Learning how to communicate and work across difference is an essential skill in any career, and this program will allow graduate students to explore their social identities, to practice communication across difference, and to think together about authentic diversity in academia. This workshop series is complementary to the longer-format graduate course in IDP.

  • Session 1: March 11 & 12, 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Session 2: March 25 & 26, 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Session 3: March 20 & 22, 5:30-8:30 PM

This IDP Program was made possible by funding from the American Association of University Women.


Regional Learning Community on Inclusive Teaching – Summer 2016

A 7-week program for current and future faculty at Cornell, Columbia, University of Rochester, and University at Buffalo. Through online group discussions and in-person workshops, participants will develop an understanding of the impact of identity, attitudes, and biases on student learning, and explore teaching strategies to create more inclusive learning environments.

Readings and Online Discussions: May 1-June 11, 2016. One-day in-person symposium: June 15, 2016

  • University of Rochester River Campus, Rochester, NY
  • Speaker: Dr. Heather Hackman

Downloadable Flyer (PDF)


Funding for Inclusive Teaching Series was provided by a grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates to the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning from 2015-2017.

Creating Inclusive Courses: Universal Design and Beyond

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 3:00-5:30 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Peter Martin, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Education, Ithaca College

The Practice of Inclusive Teaching in STEM

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 10:30-1:30 (lunch provided)
  • Panelists: Dr. Mark Lewis, Dr. Cissy Ballen, Nicholas Mason, Dr. Michelle Tong
  • Bring a syllabus or work on enhancing a provided one. Optional certificates are available – more details will be sent to interested registrants.

The Future of Diversity: Rethinking Pedagogy in Diverse College Classrooms

  • Friday, April 15, 2016 from 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, Ithaca College

Inclusive Teaching Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs – 2016

  • Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, 2016 from 9:30-2:00
  • 423 ILR Conference Center
  • By application – deadline: January 10, 2016

Interested in getting involved? Join the listserv! Email Inclusive-Teaching-Network-L-request@cornell.edu.