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Diversify Your Syllabi: Getting Started

This guide compiles resources and strategies to help get you started on diversifying your course readings.


Diversifying your syllabi might mean including more content about marginalized peoples and more reading materials by marginalized scholars. The aim is not to simply meet quotas, but to foster an environment that includes knowledge that has been systemically excluded from academia. This refers to knowledge produced by marginalized groups for reasons of race, class, sexual orientation, gender, or ability.

Some Ways to Diversify Course Materials:

  • Diverse authorship of readings (ethnicity, gender, geo-location)
  • Invite guest speakers who bring different perspectives
  • Use diverse A/V material, ie, films, interviews, TED
  • Incorporate readings that challenge standard approaches
  • Use primary research with authorship that reflects local collaborators
  • Offer multiple perspectives in assigned readings; let students choose which to read/discuss

Online Resources

Decolonizing Your Syllabus (Center for Teaching Excellence, University of South Carolina)

Anti-Racism Resources

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