The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion tackles tough questions involving culture, identity, and responsive teaching in a friendly, non-threatening environment. This three-part seminar series, facilitated by CTLT coordinators and campus partners, gives faculty, staff, and graduate students an essential start in understanding issues that aren’t always easy to talk about.

Seating is limited for these workshops, so registration is required. Sign-up for each session through the date and time links to the My.IllinoisState web portal. You are welcome to bring lunch to these sessions.

Implicit Bias

Friday, September 14 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Implicit bias is our unconscious tendency to judge people based on past experiences. Even when we’re mindful of diversity and inclusion, it is hard for us to notice our implicit bias until we encounter the situations where it is activated. In this workshop, explore the nature of implicit bias and discover strategies to minimize bias in the classroom and in the workplace.


Friday, September 28 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Dakesa Piña, Student Counseling Services
Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Microaggressions are small acts with potentially big effects—little behaviors that communicate hostile or derogatory slights towards a person or a group of people. These acts may be intentional or unintentional. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to identify microaggressions and explore the role they play on our campus. You’ll leave this seminar with a better understanding of the psychological impact these types of communications can have on others and how best to respond when a microaggression occurs.

Privilege and Power

Friday, October 12 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.

David Adams, Student Counseling Services
Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

How do privilege and power function through society, and how does it affect you, personally? By reflecting on this, you can identify strategies to become more inclusive in your teaching and in the workplace. This seminar will help you better understand your own multiple identities and the presence and absence of privileges based on your identities. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to analyze how privilege and power exist and function in U.S. culture and how they impact your view of the world.