Fostering Belonging

A lunchtime workshop series

The Fostering Belonging lunchtime workshop series is dedicated to supporting an inclusive community at Northeastern. This series is created in partnership with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, the Center for Intercultural Engagement, and the LGBTQA+ Resource Center.

During this series, participants will:

 – Explore circumstances and practices that can affect an environment of mutual respect

– Interrogate implicit biases and how their manifestations impact learning and development

– Develop skills and strategies for facilitating an inclusive learning community.

While each session in this series is intended to build upon one another, participants need not attend all of the workshops, although it is encouraged.

The Fostering Belonging Series will return Spring 2020. Stay tuned for dates and registration.


Fostering inclusive learning environments that encourage deep engagement involves cultivating a sense of belonging among learners as well as identifying and eliminating stereotype threat. In this session, we will discuss visible and invisible identities, how these identities are affected by threatening and reassuring contingencies in the learning environment, and instructor strategies that can effectively combat achievement gaps in student performance.

Facilitated by Alexia Ferracuti, Senior Associate Director, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research.

Please stay tuned for upcoming training opportunities.

What does the term ‘microaggressions’ mean, and how do we recognize when we have committed or been subject to one? These often subtle and well-intentioned actions or statements reflect an implicit bias, perceptions, or stereotypes based on identity. This session offers insight into circumstances in which microaggressions may occur in the classroom and the impact of such experiences. The session will provide tools for facilitators to interrupt a microaggression as it occurs or follow up to repair a relationship. Participants will explore how to avoid delivering microaggressions in their work with others.

Facilitated by Audrey Grace, Director, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

Please stay tuned for upcoming training opportunities.

Calling each other by name is a powerful way to create a sense of belonging. In a global environment, names have a myriad of societal meanings, from indicating our lineage to exercising our self-determination. Learning to pronounce names and use proper pronouns for each other is critical to demonstrating respect and helping students feel comfortable and included both in the classroom and beyond. In this workshop, participants will learn more about linguistic and cognitive research that impacts our ability to respect one another in these ways. Participants will learn strategies that could help them override these psychological impulses in the future and will have opportunities to practice name pronunciation and pronoun usage. These tools will equip attendees with the ability to create environments of mutual respect that increase the capacity for learning.

Facilitated by Lee West, Director, LGBTQA Resource Center.

Please stay tuned for upcoming training opportunities.

What are the skills and tools you need to create an inclusive classroom? In previous sessions you have learned how to identify microaggressions and interrogate implicit bias. This session will share strategies on how to create an inclusive classroom environment using dialogical tools. Participants will also have an opportunity to practice intervention techniques for situations in which students have violated the bounds of the intentionally inclusive classroom.

Facilitated by Karin Firoza, Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement.

Please stay tuned for upcoming training opportunities.