"Unconscious stereotypical beliefs create expectations about someone before that person walks in the door. When women and minorities enter their classrooms, their students, too, have expectations about them.”
–Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia
Whether it is our race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or another aspect of identity, who we are as people can affect what happens in our classrooms. In a workshop in Spring semester 2015, we examined some of the research on students' perceptions, expectations, and behavior based on teacher identity, shared experiences, and talked with other teachers to explore the implications of this research and what it means for us as teachers.
The articles and books to the left are a good starting point for thinking about our experiences, and what we can do as teachers in the classroom and as members of the University community.