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Principles of Inclusive Teaching

Northwestern Principles of Inclusive Teaching represent the University’s ongoing commitment to excellence and equity in teaching students.

Inclusive Teaching Principles

  • Principle 1: Consider your and your students’ social identities and their implications for learning
  • Principle 2: Establish and communicate clear course standards and expectations
  • Principle 3: Offer varied ways for students to demonstrate their learning and knowledge
  • Principle 4: Communicate sources of support for learning
  • Principle 5: Cultivate a welcoming and inclusive course climate 
  • Principle 6: Consider diverse teaching and learning frameworks and methods
  • Principle 7: Assess your inclusive teaching
  • Principle 8: Stay current with inclusive teaching literature and strategies

About the Principles

Read about how Northwestern's Principles of Inclusive Teaching was developed, the mission and vision, our contributors and also how to use this resource.

How the Principles were Developed


Get familiar with definitions we use in the glossary, read the endnotes, bibliography and more in the appendix.

Browse the Appendix