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DRIVE Initiative: Diversity, Representation, Inclusion, and Value in Education

A GSBS, GSN, SOM, GME, CME, DIO, OFA and LSL collaboration to create a representative and bias-free curriculum

About the Tool

This tool is designed to support the primary goals of the DRIVE initiative:

  • To promote a representative and bias-free curriculum across our learning environments
  • To enhance the accuracy, representation, and inclusion of diverse populations in all our educational environments and activities

For the purpose of DRIVE we define bias as:

 disproportionate weight in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.

Definition

 

Everyone has bias.  These biases have impact on scientific research, education and health care.  Our goal is to represent the breadth of the patient populations we serve, and the community in which we work while eliminating bias in the learning environment to the greatest extent possible. This is not easy.  In building a diverse, representative, inclusive curriculum and learning environment we ask that all members of the community examine their practice (large or small group teaching materials, lab discussions, bedside teaching, journal club, advising, writing and other educational opportunities) using this appraisal tool and the resources supplied.  Faculty can self-assess, ask a colleague to preview their materials using this tool, and seek assistance from the DRIVE Team or the Diversity and Inclusion Office.  

For a print version of the Curriculum Appraisal Tool, click here (PDF)

How to Use this Tool

For a print version of the Curriculum Appraisal Tool, click here (PDF)

This tool is organized into four sections to facilitate use:

  1. Language and Terminology

  2. Research and References

  3. Images and Media

  4. Case Studies

Each section includes several key questions with relevant probing questions and examples, as well as best practice, resources and exercises.  The key questions prompt the user to answer yes or no regarding the teaching experience being assessed; probing questions and examples offer further clarification and prompts to deepen reflection and understanding.  These questions were written to be applicable in varied educational settings including: large group, small group, lab presentations, and discussions. 

DRIVE Best Practice: Creating a Learning Environment that Welcomes Feedback

Ask yourself, “Do I create a learning environment that welcomes feedback related to diversity, inclusion and representation?”  We recommend you place a slide or include a written or oral note at the beginning of each session that shares the following message:

 My intent is to promote inclusive learning while avoiding bias.

 I welcome feedback regarding areas for improvement.

Sample disclosure slide with DRIVE feedback request for inclusion in presentations, click here (PDF)

Email us: DRIVE@UMassMed.edu

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