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DRIVE: Expanded Curriculum Appraisal Tool & Resources

DRIVE is an initiative to create a representative and bias-free curriculum across all domains of research and clinical education. This DRIVE Resource Guide includes the fully revised, updated and expanded curriculum appraisal tool and additional resources

Q1.1: Learner's Personal Experience

Ask Yourself: Do I anticipate, appreciate and acknowledge that learners may have a personal experience with the content?  

Probing Question: Might the content be upsetting or offensive to someone with personal experience? 

Example: “As we discuss this topic I recognize that some of you may have personal experience that impacts your comfort, response, and discussions with classmates and others.” 

Q1.2: Intersectionality in Content Area

Ask Yourself: Have I anticipated challenging questions related to the intersection of sex, gender, race, cultural and other biases with my content area? 

Probing Questions: Am I aware of recent scholarship or advocacy addressing these topics?

Example: A learner asks you to explain the reason for race-based differences in frequency of disease.

Q1.3: Addressing Microagressions

Ask Yourself: Am I prepared to recognize and address microaggressions that arise in the learning space?

Probing Questions: Do I have a plan for interrupting or responding to verbalized microaggressions that includes supporting the target and resetting the learning environment?

Example: A small group member addresses a peer using the wrong pronouns despite clarification.

Section 1 Resources

Top Resources:

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Section 1 Best Practice

DRIVE Best Practice: Create a learning environment that welcomes engagement of people from diverse backgrounds and promotes inclusion and representation. 

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."

 

Disclosure slide for inclusion in presentations, available here (PPT and Keynote)

Email us: DRIVE@UMassMed.edu