Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Approaching Challenging Topics in the Classroom

One year ago we started the academic year considering ways to broach difficult, yet essential conversations about the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. As a university community committed to equity, inclusion and social justice, we, in a variety of settings, collectively determined ways to responsibly facilitate our students' inquiry related to the intersection of their chosen disciplines and matters of race, culture, civil rights, constitutional rights and justice. This year we continue and broaden that work.

Faculty at Loyola and across the nation continue to face difficult moments in the classroom. Often charged by political action, national dialogue and social media, these “hot button” moments, although challenging, hold the potential for increased student reflection, skill development, personal growth and understanding regarding important issues like politics, climate change, gender, sexuality, immigration, sustainability, and race. When handled effectively, these moments create space for the emergence of the kind of engaged citizenry we at Loyola celebrate!

Our fall 2018 Teaching Enhancement Workshop will tackle this important subject. Through a plenary and break-out sessions, our talented colleagues will share reflections, tips and strategies on Approaching Challenging Topics in the Classroom. Details about the workshop can be found on the Teaching Enhancement Workshop page.

Before and after the workshop, please feel free to check out the resources listed below on facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom. 

I look forward to seeing you at the Teaching Enhancement Workshop and wish you a very productive year!

Cheryl Moore-Thomas
Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity


  • Humboldt State University
    Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion