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Equity by Design at Saint Paul College


Equity by Design is a Minnesota State system-wide program to increase equitable outcomes in our classrooms. At Saint Paul College, it takes the form of a 9-week faculty cohort facilita​ted jointly by The Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Academic Effectiveness and Innovation (AEI) staff.

Over the course of a semester, participants will:

  • Reflect on their own culture and how it influences instruction
  • Increase their use of data through a unique Equity Dashboard
  • Identify the fundamentals of Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Create a plan to apply these new teaching principles to their courses and measure the impact

The goal of the program is to increase equitable outcomes in our classrooms using a data-driven approach. Not confident in your data analysis skills? Don’t worry! We will work together to learn how to analyze course success data and identify areas for improvement.

Then, using Zaretta Hammond’s book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain as a foundation, we will learn how to become ‘Warm Demanders’ - instructors who simultaneously hold students to high standards while giving them the trust and support they need to succeed. We will also discuss ways to create welcoming classroom environments, build community and inclusivity in a class, and engage students from a diverse set of cultural backgrounds.


Interested in joining? The Equity by Design cohort runs every semester with 9 required weekly meetings; we’d love to have you take part! Please email for the latest upcoming dates and registration information.

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