Teaching for Inclusion Workshop Series


Online: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 1:30 to 3:00pm

Disabled students' experiences of everyday teaching practices at Western

What everyday practices are Western instructors using that enhance or inhibit access for students with a variety of disabilities? This session presents the results of summer research on the experiences of students with disabilities at Western, gathered from 82 survey responses from across campus as well as 15 interviews. Disabled students highlighted several top practices for accessibility (such as flexible deadlines) that also benefit a wide range of students facing other circumstances. The main research results will be outlined by Kim Clark, followed by comments by student research team members Kate Mahoney and Sam Schneider. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions of the researchers and to discuss strategies for implementing accessible practices with their peers.

Series Information


At a time when equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization (EDI-D) are being increasingly recognized as important to creating positive learning environments for all students (and all faculty), it seems important to ask what it means to “teach for inclusion.” As faculty, we may not even know if students in our classes are feeling excluded – from our own class discussions, perhaps, but also in terms of a larger sense of not “belonging” at university.

In this series of workshops, we will look at particular groups that might fall under the broad label of “equity deserving.” Topics will include such things as teaching Indigenous students and including Indigenous materials and perspectives in the classroom, teaching trans and non-binary students and including trans and non-binary materials and perspectives (rather than getting stuck on the pronoun issue), teaching differently abled students and including (dis)ability issues and perspectives in the classroom, teaching Black students and including Black issues and perspective in the classroom… While we have opted to organize the workshops topic by topic, we are also committed in every workshop to also recognizing how intersectionality influences experiences of inclusion and exclusion.

What to Expect

Each workshop will be scheduled for 90 minutes to give time for a presentation and robust discussion. In some cases, workshops may include hands-on exercises and other demonstrations of techniques, starting from the foundational question of how one creates an inclusive curriculum in a given topic. Some workshops in the Teaching For Inclusion series are co-sponsored by the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Event Calendars section and select the Centre for Teaching and Learning calendar, then select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 


This event is open to all; however, it is designed with instructors in mind.

Previous Series


Disabled students' experiences of everyday teaching practices at Western

Nov 1, 2022


Teaching for Inclusion: Trans and Non-Binary

Oct 28, 2021

Speaker: Dr. WG Pearson (Chair and Associate Professor - Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies)

Indigeneity in the Academy: Teaching and Learning at the Cultural Interface

Dec 8, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Candace Brunette-Debassige (Assistant Professor, Education and Teaching Fellow, Indigenous Learning)