Many of the students we work with don’t know where they will find their next meal.
The most marginalized students at our institutions are finding themselves and their work increasingly policed — by faculty members, by administrative policies, by ed-tech “solutions,” and by the actual police. Meanwhile, the majority of faculty members in higher education are precariously employed.
We need to design assessments, write syllabi, develop policies, and imagine new ways forward for these students. We have to start by finding out who our students are, what they need to be successful, and how our institutional mission does (and sometimes doesn’t) align with our practices.
My hope with this activity book is that it will help readers understand the intersections of inclusive design, critical pedagogy, and the practice of teaching today’s students.
Jesse Stommel, PhD