Inclusive Teaching

Learn student names and pronouns

Learning students’ preferred names, pronouns, and pronouncing names correctly affirms student identities and builds community in the classroom. A person’s name may be tied to their identity and carry cultural or family significance. The cumulative experience of having names mispronounced is linked to increased feelings of anxiety, shame, and being “othered” or not belonging in the classroom (Kohli & Solorzano, 2012). Moreover, learning and using a student’s pronouns is a first step towards respecting their gender identity and resisting the assumption that all students are cisgender. 

Teaching in a Tense Political Climate

These are truly unique times: the conditions under which the MIT community is teaching and learning are difficult, stressful, and at times threatening.