Season 2 Episode 8
Bringing Belonging to the Classroom
We’re wrapping up our second season with a closer look at a theme that has come up repeatedly in our podcast: belonging. Our interviews with faculty have focused on a wide range of topics, including antiracist pedagogy, accessibility, experiential learning, well-being, and religious diversity. But, in conversation after conversation, the faculty, staff, and students we talked with emphasized the importance of the feeling of belonging in the learning experience. In this episode, we pulled together these conversations to highlight patterns, insights, and key takeaways.
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Featured in this episode:
- Bob Bies, Professor, McDonough School of Business
- Donna Cameron, Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine
- Alisa Carse Associate Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics
- Carol Day, Director of Health Education Services and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Nursing & Health Studies
- David Ebenbach, Assistant Director for Graduate Student and Faculty Programming at CNDLS and Professor at the Center for Jewish Civilization
- Allyson Even, a history teacher at KIPP University Prep in San Antonio, Texas
- Rabbi Rachel Gartner, most recent Director for Jewish Life
- Imam Yahya Hendi, Director for Muslim Life
- Amrita Ibrahim, Assistant Teaching Professor, Dept of Anthropology
- Amena Johnson, Associate Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center
- Mimi Khuc, Adjunct lecturer in the Disability Studies program
- Durriya Meer, Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS)
- Libbie Rifkin, Teaching Professor in the Department of English and was the founding Director of the Program in Disability Studies
- Javier Jimenez Westerman, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Georgetown College
- Brockman, A.J. (2021). “La Crème de la Crème”: How Racial, Gendered, and Intersectional Social Comparisons Reveal Inequities That Affect Sense of Belonging in STEM. Sociological Inquiry, 91(4), 751–777. https://doi.org/10.1111/soin.12401.
- Hoffman, M., Richmond, J., Morrow, J., & Salomone, K. (2002). Investigating “Sense of Belonging” in First-Year College Students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 4(3), 227–256. https://doi.org/10.2190/dryc-cxq9-jq8v-ht4v
- Hurtado, S., & Carter, D. (1997). Effects of College Transition and Perceptions of the Campus Racial Climate on Latino College Students’ Sense of Belonging. Sociology of Education, 70(October), 324–345. https://doi.org/10.2307/2673270.
- Lewis, K.L., Stout, J.G., Pollock, S.J., Finkelstein, N.D., & Ito, T.A. (2016). Fitting in or opting out: A review of key social-psychological factors influencing a sense of belonging for women in physics. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 12, 020110.
- Schar, M., Pink, S.L., Powers, K., Piedra, A., Torres, S. A., Chew, K. J. & Sheppard, S. (2017). Classroom Belonging and Student Performance in the Introductory Engineering Classroom. Association for Engineering Education - Engineering Library Division Papers.
- Vaccaro, A., Daly-Cano, M., & Newman, B.M. (2015). A sense of belonging among college students with disabilities: An emergent theoretical model. Journal of College Student Development, 56(7), 670-686. doi:10.1353/csd.2015.0072.
- Wilson, D., Jones, D., Bocell, F., Crawford, J., Kim, M. J., Veilleux, N., Floyd-Smith, T., Bates, R., & Plett, M. (2015). Belonging and Academic Engagement Among Undergraduate STEM Students: A Multi-institutional Study. Research in Higher Education, 56(7), 750–776. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-015-9367-x .
- Walton, G. M., & Cohen, G. L. (2007). A question of belonging: Race, social fit, and achievement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(1), 82-96.
- Zumbrunn, S., McKim, C., Buhs, E., & Hawley, L. R. (2014). Support, belonging, motivation, and engagement in the college classroom: A mixed-method study. Instructional Science, 42, 661-684.
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