Teaching in Tumultuous Times

The Center Excellence for Teaching & Learning has gathered resources to help your classroom preparations for after the national election. We invite you to keep this resource guide handy as students--many of whom may be voting for the first time--may seek your guidance and pedagogical engagement. This guide, Your Classroom After the 2020 National Election, will help instructors engage in constructive conversations around the 2020 Election, regardless of the outcome.

Post Election Resources

Post Election Resource and Response Guide, ​On October 8, over 100 PAC-12 stakeholders in the student voting space came together to ideate around the question “How might we prepare to support campus stakeholders in processing and responding to a tumultuous post-election season?” This document is a synthesis of their ideas for how best to address that challenge. They’ve provided helpful resources that can support you and your community in enacting these ideas.

In this 20 minute mentoring video, Dr. Tasha Souza offers proven strategies for managing difficult dialogue and responding to hot moments in the classroom. You'll learn how to prepare for a challenging discussion and make it more productive as well as how to assess the outcomes of the experience and the impact it had on your students. You'll come away with techniques you can use to turn hot moments into positive learning experiences. 

After the election, students may experience a range of reactions that may impact their ‘bandwidth’ for learning and participation in your course. Regardless of political affiliation, students may be focused on managing the impacts of the election on their own lives and thinking about ‘what happens next.’ One way that you can support students at this moment is to highlight civic engagement as an ongoing, active practice that includes, but is not limited to, voting in an election. 

This guide focuses on how you can help students channel their responses to the 2020 Election into action by 1) acknowledging their feelings, 2) connecting with your disciplines, and 3) recommitting to the many ways that they can continue to contribute to their communities through civic engagement.

This guide from the James Madison Center ​for Civic Engagement was designed to support faculty, staff, and students to engage in constructive conversations around the 2020 Elections, regardless of the outcomes

Antiracism teaching resources

Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom:Notes From a White Professor, by Cyndi Kernahan (2019). 

"Teaching Race, Racism, and Racial Justice: Pedagogical Principles and Classroom Strategies for Course Instructors," by M. Brielle Harbin, Amie Thurber, and Joe Bandy. Race and Pedagogy Journal (2019). 

Teaching Race: How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism, by Stephen D. Brookfield (2018). 

"Barriers and Strategies by White Faculty Who Incorporate Anti-Racist Pedagogy," by Jennifer Akamine Phillips, Nate Risdon, Matthew Lamsma, Angelica Hambrick, and Alexander Jun. Race and Pedagogy Journal (2019). 

"Race Matters," by David J. Asai. Cell (May 2020). This commentary looks at why students of color leave science at high rates and why it’s important to change the culture of science. 

Pedagogies of Care: Open Resources for Student-Centered and Adaptive Strategies in the New Higher-Ed Landscape contains material on teaching about race and racism (2020). 

"Want to Reach All of Your Students? Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive," by Viji Sathay and Kelly A. Hogan. Chronicle Advice Guide (2019). 

Antiracist Pedagogy Reading List, compiled by Andrea Aebersold, director of faculty instructional development in the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation at the University of California at Irvine. 

Jamiella Brooks has begun a list to highlight the accomplishments of educational developers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color. ​

General Antiracism Resources

Anti-racism resources curated by CU Denver’s Dr. Sneha Thamotharan 

How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality, the Cut 

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups by Craig Elliot, PhD 

Vajra Watson, "Open Question: What is a world without whiteness?" Medium.com (June 1, 2020) 
Robin DiAngelo reads from her book, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, explains the phenomenon, and discusses how white people can develop their capacity to engage more constructively across race, YouTube (July 3, 2018) 

Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work 

"Claudia Rankine — How Can I Say This So We Can Stay in This Car Together?" On Being with Krista Tippett 

Antiracism in Higher Education Resources

#BlackInTheIvory - See also, Francie Diep, "‘I Was Fed Up’: How #BlackInTheIvory Got Started, and What Its Founders Want to See Next," Chronicle of Higher Education, June 9, 2020. 

University of Michigan, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: “I Am So Tired” (May 29, 2020). 

Taunya Lovell Banks, Professor of Law, "After Minneapolis," University of Maryland Carey School of Law (June 1, 2020). 

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean and Professor of Law, "The Fire This Time," Boston University School of Law (June 1, 2020). 

American Psychological Association, “We Are Living in a Racism Pandemic” (May 29, 2020) 

Dr. Hector Y. Adames & Dr. Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, Immigration, Critical Race, And Cultural Equity (IC-RACE) Lab, Surviving & Resisting Hate: A Toolkit For People of Color 

Jasmine Roberts, "White Academia: Do Better. Higher education has a problem. It’s called White supremacy,"Medium.com (June 8, 2020) 

Danielle Cadet, “Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not,”Refinery29 (May 28, 2020) ​

General Resources for Teaching in Tumultuous Times

Four Core Priorities for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning (April 2020)

Tips for Facilitating Difficult Conversations: A Quick Guide (Queens College) 

Responding to Difficult Moments (University of Michigan, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning) Resources provide strategies for anticipating and responding to difficult discussions and classroom incivility. 

Difficult Dialogues (Vanderbilt University, Center for Teaching) Guide to help teachers feel more confident leading difficult dialogues. 

Handbook for Facilitating Difficult Discussions in the Classroom (J.Vogelsang and S. McGee, Queens College) 

Constructive Discussions, Dialogues, and Strategies

Let's Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics With Students 

(Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center)  

Inviting Dialogue (Clark University) 

Sample Guidelines for Productive Discussions (Carlton College) Sample set of activities to engage students in setting classroom discussion ground rules. 

"How to Hold a Better Class Discussion," by Jay Howard. Chronicle Advice Guide (2019). 

Responding to Microaggressions in Online Learning Environments (6/1/2020) 

Responding to Everyday Bigotry (Southern Poverty Law Center) 

Learning to Talk Race in the Classroom (Madeline Elfenbein, Inside Higher Education, 9/17/2015) 

After the Election: A To-do List (Cult of Pedagogy Blog, Jennifer Gonzalez, 11/13/2016) 

Colleges Post Election Diversity Responsibilities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education) ​


Handbook for Facilitating Difficult Discussions in the Classroom (J.Vogelsang and S. McGee, Queens College) 

Inclusive Teaching Practices 

Inclusive Teaching Resources and Strategies  (University of Michigan, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning)