Academic Freedom and the Inclusive and Equitable Classroom


There are many resources on building an equitable classroom. Here are a few suggestions for different materials to help you build an inclusive and equitable classroom. You can find out more about promoting inclusive and equitable learning in your classroom through the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL).

Building Equity in your teaching practice infographicCenter for Collaborative Education. (2021). Building equity in your teaching practice. Center for Collaborative Education.


This list is not exhaustive and focuses on creating an inclusive and equitable classroom. If you want books relating antiracism please check out the antiracist reading list

Ainscow, M., & Messiou, K. (2018). Engaging with the views of students to promote inclusion in educationJournal of Educational Change19(1), 1-17.

Drago-Severson, E., & Blum-DeStefano, J. (2017). The self in social justice: A developmental lens on race, identity, and transformation. Harvard Educational Review87(4), 457-481.

Fuentes, M. A., Zelaya, D. G., & Madsen, J. W. (2021). Rethinking the Course Syllabus: Considerations for Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Teaching of Psychology, 48(1), 69–79.

Hartwell, E. E., Cole, K., Donovan, S. K., Greene, R. L., Storms, S. L. B., & Williams, T. (2017). Breaking down silos: Teaching for equity, diversity, and inclusion across disciplinesHumboldt Journal of Social Relations39, 143-162.

Young, K., Anderson, M., & Stewart, S. (2015). Hierarchical microaggressions in higher education. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education8(1), 61-71.

Zanotti, L. (2020). The inclusive syllabus project. Working Paper Series1(2), 115-126. 

ACUE. (2020, August). 10 inclusive teaching practices. Association of College and University Educators. 

Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities. (2015, December 18). Statement on diversity by the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities. Association of American Universities.

Coleman, M.S. (2018, June 26). Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the mission of higher education. Association of American Universities.

Gorski, P. (2017, November 26). Five paradigm shifts for equitable educators. Equity Literacy Institute. 

Helmer, K. (2018). Checklist for designing an inclusive syllabus. University of Massachusetts Amherst.