Provide clear expectations and detailed schedules. Consider adding a statement about diversity and inclusion. This can signal to your students that you are committed to providing a supportive climate for all students.
Respect for Diversity
It is my intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well served by this course, that students’ learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity that students bring to this class be viewed as a resource, strength and benefit. It is my intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and culture. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally or for other students or student groups. In addition, if any of our class meetings conflict with your religious events, please let me know so that we can make arrangements for you.
If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, bias incidents, or sexual or gender-based misconduct, The Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture is here as a resource for you. They can be reached at email@example.com. For more information, please go to the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture website.