Inclusion & Diversity

Valencia educators will design learning opportunities that acknowledge, draw upon and are enriched by student diversity.  An atmosphere of inclusion and understanding will be promoted in all learning environments.

Resources and Courses

  • Resources for Inclusion and Diversity include professional literature, practical examples, and applications in diverse disciplines. 
  • Faculty development Courses are designed to expand your expertise in Inclusion and Diversity.  All courses related to Inclusion and Diversity begin with the prefix, INDV. 

Overview of Inclusion and Diversity

Overview of Inclusion and Diversity- Narrated Presentation


INDV 2151 Inclusion and Diversity
In this seminar, participants will investigate learning opportunities that acknowledge, draw upon, and are enriched by student diversity and create atmospheres of inclusion and understanding. Participants will reflect on power differentials in the classroom, ways to increase inclusion and minimize exclusion, and some theoretical underpinnings of Inclusion and Diversity. NOTE: This course is part of the TLA Core Seminar series and is open to all faculty.

LCTS 1110 Teaching in Our Learning College
This scenarios-based course introduces the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator and provides faculty with tools and resources to become more effective, learning-centered instructors. Note: This course is required for the Associate Faculty Certification Program.




INDV 3352 Exploring Strategies to promote an Inclusive Learning Environment
Participants will examine effective processes and strategies that establish inclusive equitable student learning environment that lead to positive learning outcomes. Participants will discuss best practices and apply what they have learned to their classroom settings.

INDV 3351 Internationalizing the Curriculum
This course provides faculty members with the knowledge and resources to internationalize a course by developing a unit internationalization toolkit. Successful completion of this course will enable participants to request inclusion in Valencia Global Distinction.

Learning Communities


INDV 3248 Building Online Learning Communities
This course will engage participants in the concepts, effective strategies and best practices in creating and maintaining an online learning community. Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

INDV 3259 LinC: Integrating a High-Impact Practice
Learning communities are regarded as a high impact educational practice that has shown to be beneficial to college students from many backgrounds. This course will review the foundation of Valencia’s LinC initiative, along with providing the necessary guidelines and strategies to build community in the classroom and implement integrated learning with two or more joined courses. The course will help you design a joint syllabus with a faculty partner from another discipline and partner with a Success Coach to support student learning. Note: This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification Program.

Learning Styles and Personality Types



INDV 2254 The Art and Science of Learning and the Brain
In this course, participants will examine the relationship between the ways people learn and the biology of the brain.


Peace and Justice Institute


INDV 7310 Working with Conflict
In this course, faculty will learn about the components, roles, and needs active in conflict, identify their own conflict style, and be introduced to conflict resolution practices for the purpose of more productive & positive outcomes. Participants will engage in various exercises, including a self-assessments & mock negotiation for the purpose of integrating these skills into a working knowledge.

INDV 7311 Creating a Safe Space for Dialogue
This course will demonstrate techniques for establishing a respectful and inclusive environment that promotes healthy classroom dialogue. Dialogue can assist students in moving information from a memorized or theoretical understanding, to a more integrated, tangible and lasting knowledge. Participants will engage in best practices designed to promote discussion as a pedagogical tool. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend 2 meetings across two terms (one 4-hour and one 2- hour), complete the required reading, and integrate a conversation activity into your class.

INDV 7312 Cultivating the Contemplative Mind in Education Through Research, Practice and Personal Insight
Contemplative pedagogy involves a wide range of teaching methods designed to cultivate a capacity for deeper awareness, concentration, and insight that create demonstrable neurobiological changes. Participants will be introduced to the nature, history, and status of contemplative practices used in mainstream education as a complementary pedagogic tool that fosters depth in learning. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with and create a contemplative-based classroom practice and reflect upon how contemplation may innovatively meet the needs of today’s students.

Universal Design for Learning



INDV 1153 Making Learning Accessible
This online scenario-based course is designed for faculty and staff who wish to develop an enhanced awareness of learner diversity including those with disabilities. This course will assist faculty in identifying and utilizing strategies in order to create an optimal learning environment to teach all learners.

INDV 3246 Universal Design for Online Learning
Universal design for learning is “the design of products and environments useable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” Universal design benefits all users including students with unique learning needs. This course will explore the creation of digital course content that can be used by the broadest audience possible. Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.


One-to-One Consultations

  • Meet with a member of our Faculty Development Team on your campus.
  • Partner with a colleague to observe different teaching techniques and reflect on your own practice. Click here to learn more.