A large and growing body of research shows that when students feel welcomed, supported, and included by instructors, they are more likely to be motivated and engaged, get higher grades, and persist in their education (Pedler et al., 2022; Walton & Cohen, 2011). This instructor focus on creating an environment where all students feel that they belong is central to inclusive teaching. While inclusive teaching can benefit all students, the positive impacts of inclusive teaching are especially strong for students from minoritized or marginalized backgrounds in higher education (Thoman et al., 2019).
Social Identities on Campus and in L&S
When we talk about identities, we mean characteristics that may be visible or invisible to others and are part of how we define ourselves relative to others. For an individual, these identities intersect, are valued differently, and may change over time. A few categories of social identities are presented below as examples, each encompassing distinct identity groups. As you review these categories, consider your own identities and how they intersect.