Section 1 How do I use this book?

Thank you for reading our guide to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in your undergraduate psychology teaching at UNC.

We have modeled this guide after a cookbook. Cookbooks begin with a general tips section that apply to all the different recipes in the book. Cookbooks are then divided into sections (e.g., poultry, fish, meat, entrees, dessert) each with their own set of recipes.

Cookbooks are handy, because you can quickly jump from the general tips section, to the key sections and recipes you want to cook at any given time. You never have to read the whole book.

We try to do the same thing here.

We first provide you with a set of general tips to help make your course materials more inclusive, and to guide you in talking about the challenging topics of race and racism with your students. If these topics are new to you, you will want to spend a lot of time in this section. If you are a chronic microwave user, you will need to spend some time building general knowledge about cooking before embarking on your first big recipe.

We then provide you with slide content that you can insert into your classes to teach about different topics related to race and racism. Rather than having sections about poultry and fish, we have divided our guide into sections for each of the core undergraduate psychology courses offered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We also have a “general course topics” section of slide-decks which we think would be helpful to include in any psychology course at UNC. In each of these sections, we offer specific slide decks along with their objectives and resources to keep in mind when teaching the materials. You can think of these as the recipes in the book.

Like cooking a good meal you still need to put the work in: In the same way cooking a new recipe takes time and work to master, you will still need to put the time in to integrate these resources into your course materials and practice presenting the content. These issues are sensitive and can have a large impact on students so thinking carefully about how you present them will be key – but we hope that by offering these resources to you, we can help jump-start the process of adding these topics to your class!

Finally, if you would like to contribute a slide deck to this document, you can submit one using this form.


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