A syllabus is much more than a contract. It is an artifact through which classroom culture can be deciphered, and which can help students feel welcome, represented, and valued. A syllabus reflects how a faculty member views students as learners and the efforts that the faculty member will make to support their success. In this session, you will learn six features of equity-minded syllabi: Welcoming, Creating a Partnership, Representing, Deconstructing, Demystifying, and Validating.
Dr. Bensimon is the founding director of the Center for Urban Education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and a Dean’s Professor in Educational Equity. Dr. Bensimon is one of the nation’s leading scholars on racial equity, organizational learning, and practitioner inquiry and change. She received the 2017 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association and the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education in 2020. She is a co-author of the book, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education. Dr. Bensimon is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and advises organizations and institutions nationally.
Resources from this Webinar
Bensimon, Estela Mara & Dowd, Alicia C. & Stanton-Salazar, Ricardo & Dávila, Brianne A. The Role of Institutional Agents in Providing Institutional Support to Latinx Students in STEM, The Review of Higher Education, vol. 42 no. 4, 2019, pp. 1689-1721. Project MUSE. (this link also works: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/729358)
Link to CUE Racial Equity tools: https://www.cue-tools.usc.edu/
Link to CUE Syllabus Review Guide: Syllabus Review Guide
Bensimon, Estela Mara & Gray, James (2020). First-Generation Equity Practitioners: Are They Part of the Problem? Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 52:2, pp. 69-73. (direct link: https://app.box.com/s/xq2tei0k722364rc23vtxv1rnzp7gtjl)