Facilitating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom


Incorporating DEI into the classroom often requires having difficult conversations around sensitive and charged issues, which may bring up emotions, reactions, and discomfort. The resources on this page provide tips and strategies for having those conversations in the classroom; we’ve also included resources related to general books on having difficult conversations.

Articles on Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Books on Difficult Conversations

Online Resources

Resources from Centers for Teaching & Learning

Many institutions have centers or departments that provide instructional design, teaching, learning, and other similar support to faculty, and many of them have publicly-accessible resources for handling difficult conversations in the classroom.

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