Episode 41: How to Create a Learning Environment Where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are Valued with Dr. Chavella Pittman

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Our guest for episode 41 of the Lecture Breakers podcast is Dr. Chavella Pittman. She’s a Sociology Professor and founder of Effective and Efficient Faculty where she offers workshops, coaching, and consultation services focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

In this episode, Chavella and I discuss how to create a learning environment in which our most vulnerable and marginalized students and faculty are able to participate and benefit fully in the learning and teaching experience.

She shares the 6 S's of inclusive teaching which are the foundational practices that must be in place to do this work.  This episode is also a little different than previous episodes because I ask the questions you submitted through email or social media. 


Memorable Quotes:

  • "When diversity, inclusion, and equity exist in a classroom, it means that the classroom is a space in which our most vulnerable and marginalized students and faculty are able to participate and benefit fully in the learning and teaching experience."

  • "Well-intentioned people are afraid of getting it wrong so they get stuck in inaction."

  • "You have to  make it clear what types of interactions lead to success in your classroom."

  • "This work requires expertise and investment." 

Show Notes:



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    • Thanks for the gems, Dr. Pittman. We can’t take anything for granted. Make it clear that you stand for inclusion!

      Jeannette Wade
    • Dr. Pittman-so enjoyed this timely lecture. Thank you, Barbi, for hosting. I’m in the middle of revising a Nursing course on Interprofessional Collaboration and one of the topics is – “Leveraging diversity”. Your 6S’s will be great to teach my nursing students to do exactly that – as BIPOC nurses predominantly – they have 3x whammies working against their success. 1. institutional racism embedded in healthcare 2. nursing leadership dynamics in healthcare reinforce and 3. IT STARTS IN NURSING SCHOOLS (attached this recent 2020 article – White/Black faculty institutionalizes White supremacy in nursing and nursing leadership in the United States

      I’d like to take you up on your offer – discussion on how to be inclusive with sharing nursing’s history of black and people of color nurses in our professions history. Again, thank you. CBB

      Dr. Connie Bishop

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