Inclusive Pedagogy


What is inclusive pedagogy?

Inclusive pedagogy is a student-centered approach to teaching that pays attention to the varied background, learning styles, and abilities of all the learners in front of you. It is a method of teaching in which instructors and students work together to create a supportive and open environment that fosters social justice and allows each individual to be fully present and feel equally valued.

Inclusive pedagogy at its core is learner-centered and equity-focused, creating an overarching learning environment in which students feel equally invited and included. Drawing from a large body of research—much of it foundational scholarship on teaching and learning—it is clear that learning outcomes are improved for everyone when teachers attend to student differences and take deliberate steps to ensure that all students, across differences in academic and social background as well as physical and cognitive abilities, feel welcomed, valued, challenged, and supported in their academic work. Read more about Inclusive Pedagogy at our Teaching Commons page.

“Inclusive learning and teaching in higher education refers to the ways in which pedagogy, curricula, and assessment are designed to engage students in learning that is meaningful, relevant, and accessible to all. It embraces a view of the individual and individual difference as the source of diversity that can enrich the lives and learning of others.” (Hockings, 2010)

How does CNDLS support inclusive pedagogy?

At CNDLS, we are committed to incorporating the values of Inclusive pedagogy into all of our work. In addition to consultations and resource support, the following initiatives are core to this important work:

A Different Dialogue

A Different Dialogue (DD) engages students in facilitated, inter-group dialogue over the course of a semester. Originally a co-curricular opportunity only, DD is now an offering within CNDLS, connecting this experience with the classroom. Learn more.

The Doyle Program for Engaging Difference

Since 2009, the Doyle Program has served the Georgetown community through faculty fellowships, campus events, and classroom grants, all with the aim of continuing to engage questions of diversity and difference. Learn more.

Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop Series

Join us for one of our upcoming workshops, or browse previous offerings for ideas to inspire a custom request — we welcome collaborations! Learn more.

Inclusive Teaching Resources

Interested in learning more? Check out our Inclusive Teaching Resources page for more information. Learn more.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, are interested in learning more, or have any suggestions, we hope you’ll reach out. We are always looking for ways to collaborate with your offices and individuals across campus.

  • Joselyn Lewis
    • Associate Director for Inclusive Teaching and Learning Initiatives, CNDLS
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