Design for Care: Building Inclusive Learning Spaces: Keynote Address : Summer Online Faculty Institute, 2021

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Northern Kentucky University
It is important for us to talk about how we maintain the communities at the heart of our educational institutions. This is the design challenge before us. There is no one-size-fits-all set of best practices for building a learning community, whether on-ground or online. Right now, we should begin our efforts toward building community by designing for the students who need that community most, the ones most likely to have been feeling isolated even before the pandemic: disabled students, chronically ill students, BIPOC students, queer students, and students facing housing and food-insecurity. We need to write policies, craft syllabi, design assessments, and imagine new ways forward for these students, the ones already struggling, already facing exclusion.
Student learning communities, Inclusive education