Center for Curriculum Transformation

Diversity Pedagogies Seminar

In response to the need to address diversity in the undergraduate curriculum, the Center
for Curriculum Transformation, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Simpson
Center for the Humanities offered a Diversity Pedagogies Seminar beginning in Winter
2011. The seminar convened interested faculty members with interest and expertise in
diversity pedagogies to review current research and discuss the questions and issues that
arise. Departments across the University offer courses that provide opportunities to
broaden and deepen student understanding of the varied histories, societies, political
structures, literatures, arts, and cultures of the U.S. and the world. Instructors teaching
such courses often encounter serious challenges when attempting to engage students in
the critical analysis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, class, nation, and


The Diversity Pedagogies Seminar explores current practice in teaching about diversity
and different pedagogies that assist in negotiating difference in the classroom.  Faculty
participants seek to define issues and opportunities, share practices and resources, and
develop communities of understanding and a leadership cohort to promote curricular and institutional change supportive of diversity.


Miriam Bartha, Simpson Center for the Humanities
Beth Kalikoff, Center for Learning and Teaching; Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences,
Ratnesh Nagda, Intergroup Dialogue, Education and Action Center; Social Work
Betty Schmitz, Center for Curriculum Transformation
Anu Taranath, English and Comparative History of Ideas

Cherry Banks, Education, Bothell
Jeannette Bushnell, Comparative History of Ideas/Women Studies
Rachel Chapman, Anthropology
William Daniell, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Bill Erdly, Comptuer Software Systems Program, Bothell
Karen Friesem, Center for Teaching and Learning
Juan Guerra, Department of English
Brinda Jegatheesan, Educational Psychology
Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Bothell
Linda Martin-Morris, Biology
Suhanthie Motha, English
Joanne Woiak, Disability Studies
Manka Varghese, Education

Selected Bibliography

Anderson, R.C. (2006).  Teaching (with) disability:  Pedagogies of lived experience
Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 28, 367-379.

Banks, C.A.M., & Banks, J.A.  (1995). Equity pedagogy:  An essential component of
multicultural education
. Theory into Practice, 34(3), 152-158.

Bryson, M., & De Castell, S. (1993). Queer pedagogy:  Praxis makes im/perfect.  
Canadian Journal of Education,
18(3), 285-305.  

Center for Instructional Development & Research. (2008).  Inclusive Teaching.
University of Washington. Accessed January 27, 2011.

Edwards, R.A.R. (2006). Teaching deaf history. Radical History Review, 94, 183-190. 

hooks, bell. (1995).  Teaching to transgress:  Education as practice of freedom. New York: Routledge.

Knoll, K.   (2008). Feminist disability studies pedagogy. Feminist Teacher, 19(2), 122-133.

Kornasky, L. (2009). Identity politics and invisible disability in the classroomInside
Higher Education,
March 17.

Price, M. (2007). Accessing disability:  A non-disabled student works the hyphen. College Composition and Communication, 59(1), 53-77.

Vidali, A., Price, M., & Lewiecki-Wilson, C. (2008).  Disability studies in the undergraduate classroomDisability Studies Quarterly, 28(4).


Difficult Dialogues Project: Southeast Asian American Pluralism

Intergroup Dialogue, Education, and Action (IDEA) Center

Mapping Exercise: Keywords for Diversity Pedagogy Practice