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.”
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.
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.
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DRIVE Best Practice: Create a learning environment that welcomes engagement of people from diverse backgrounds and promotes inclusion and representation.
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."
Email us: DRIVE@UMassMed.edu