In April 2014, the Mosaic Project Report recommended the creation of a standing committee to support Washington University faculty in developing classrooms that foster learning for all of the university’s students. Created in the spring of 2015, the Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms is composed of faculty from each of the Danforth Campus schools, as well as students and other key administrators, including from the Medical Campus. The committee meets regularly to share information and questions across schools; develop and recommend best practices and policies; work in collaboration with The Teaching Center as it develops programs and initiatives in this area; and oversee implementation of the Mosaic Report recommendations. Although the committee does not have responsibility for actual implementation of policies or procedures, it plays a crucial role in helping the university develop and model best practices and procedures for teaching and educating all of our students.

Rochelle Smith, Assistant Provost, Diversity Initiatives

J.Dillon D. Brown PhD., Associate Professor

Standing Committee for Inclusive Classrooms Members, 2018 (PDF)

For information about the work of the Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms, to ask questions, or to make recommendations for consideration, please contact either of the co-chairs.

The committee is convened by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity.

Charge of the Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms for Academic Year 2018

The charge for the Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms (SCFIC) for 2017-2018 school year is two-fold:

  1. Examine the question of students bringing their children in the classroom and make recommendations to guide best practices in this area and
  2. Work with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and The Teaching Center to design tools and other resources for faculty members to build confidence in the classroom when disturbing political, social, racial or similar hot button issues arise in the media or on our campus.

These issues affect both students and faculty members and influence classroom dynamics.  SCFIC is seeking to help faculty members balance staying on track with syllabi topics for any given class and acknowledging the impact a trending topic might have on those in the classroom.  This letter to faculty and recommendations regarding children in the classroom is expected to come from the committee before the end of the spring 2018 semester.