Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are foundational principles in my teaching philosophy as a professor in graphic design. I believe that a diverse and inclusive learning environment enriches the educational experience for all students, fosters creativity and innovation, and prepares students to thrive in a global society.
In my classroom, I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive space where students from all backgrounds feel valued, respected, and empowered to express their unique perspectives. I actively seek out diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences in the content I teach, the examples I use, and the guest speakers I invite to ensure that students are exposed to a wide range of ideas and viewpoints.
Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, I strive to embody values of compassion, empathy, and inclusion. I recognize the importance of creating a supportive environment where students feel comfortable exploring and expressing their faith while engaging critically with the subject. Jesus' teachings inspire me to create a learning environment that embraces diversity, fosters understanding, and encourages students to use their talents to improve society.
Additionally, I believe that the process of Design Thinking, with its emphasis on empathy, iteration, collaboration, and innovation aligns closely with my DEI values and faith. It encourages students to approach problems with a deep understanding of diverse user needs, challenges assumptions and promotes inclusive solutions that benefit a broad range of stakeholders. By integrating design thinking into my teaching, I empower students to apply their skills in ways that promote equity and inclusivity in their design work.
Ultimately, I aim to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and mindset necessary to navigate a complex and interconnected world with empathy, cultural competence, and a commitment to social justice.
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