Reflecting on Diversity in the Classroom (CTE2257)

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
Location: Online (Zoom)
Note: this workshop was previously called Teaching Diverse Learners (CTE2257)
Facilitator: Karmvir Padda (CTE) and Amanda Nova (CTE)

Workshop description

Our students represent a broad range of racial, cultural, linguistic, physical, and intellectual backgrounds. What do we as TAs/instructors need to know and do as we work towards creating welcoming and inclusive teaching and learning environments?

This workshop is a starting point for TAs and instructors who wish to: 1) reflect on their own identities as they relate to teaching, and 2) actively consider diversity of student identities within our classroom communities, with the goal of removing barriers that impact student engagement, learning, and motivation. Through self-reflection and discussion, we will explore teaching strategies that foster inclusive environments in which all students feel welcomed and valued. Key topics discussed in the workshop include: recognizing the multiple intersecting identities of TAs, instructors, and students; building classroom communities; using inclusive language and inclusive teaching strategies. By the end of this workshop, participants will be better equipped to use teaching strategies to meet diverse learners’ needs and develop in their roles as instructors of diverse learners.

Workshop delivery

This session will take place on the Waterloo campus in room MC-2036.



    This workshop has limited enrolment spots and often has a waiting list. If you have registered but can't complete the module, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


    The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.