How do we, as teachers, find resonance with each student’s concept of his or her identity? How can we ensure that our approach to teaching is mindful of this?

A diverse campus population requires diverse approaches to teaching and student learning. With that in mind, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) is launching a four-part Teaching Excellence Series, Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment,” to explore student identity. The series will start Wednesday, February 5.

In this first session, Troy Johnson, associate vice president for enrollment management, will discuss the demographics of Illinois State’s student population, how the student population has changed, and what it may look like in years to come. Participants will also explore their own identities and how their identities affect their teaching. Through this exploration, we will formulate teaching practices that create inclusive learning environments. The session will be facilitated by representatives from CTLT, Diversity Advocacy, and Enrollment Management.

Dr. Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson will guide participants through an exploration of student demographics.

“Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment: Identity” runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. February 5 at the Instructional Technology and Development Center, located at 301 South Main Street. No registration is required.

Future workshops in this series will explore ways to make connections with students beyond the classroom and ways of mentoring students from diverse backgrounds. These workshops will also examine the needs of specific student identity groups, like student veterans.

For more information, contact Dana Karraker, faculty development coordinator, at (309) 438-5110 or

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this or any CTLT event, contact our front desk at (309) 438-2542.