Diversity Mentorship and Inclusive Teaching Track

This track is ideal for instructors with a desire to create space for diverse pedagogies and student populations. By engaging in current conversations about race, gender, ability, and other aspects of underrepresented identity, instructors will become better mentors and teachers for all students. This track focuses on improving mentorship and inclusive teaching practices to support students from underrepresented groups.

Why participate in the Diversity Mentorship and Inclusive Teaching (DMIT) track?

Participating in ETE10 on the Diversity Mentorship and Inclusive Teaching track will fulfill the following objectives: 

What are instructors saying about DMIT?

It's not hard to feel isolated or overwhelmed when trying to develop a teaching practice that actively works against many of the values of university institutions. In the DMIT track, I've been able to connect with instructors across departments and campuses, helping me establish a better sense of community and support at USU.

Sam Clem

This track is about challenging what you already know and then examining the ways that you teach, mentor, and design courses. The Learning Circles are incredible. The dynamics of each group are always a little different, but for those who really decide to engage and practice, there will be some powerful insights and instructional improvements. I’ve also found that the mentoring that comes through networking and idea-sharing within these groups is a powerful tool for enhancing my own presentation and research agendas.

Rose Judd-Murray


Required badges for the DMIT track

Ready to get started?


Step up a "Plan Your Pathway" meeting with ETE

In your Plan Your Pathway (PYP) meeting, an ETE staff member will introduce you to the Empower Teaching Canvas course, where you earn your digital badges. They will discuss your specific personal and professional goals with you and suggest the best strategy for completing the Teaching Scholar Certificate in a timely manner. To set up your PYP, please send an email to empowerteaching@usu.edu indicating that you want to have a PYP.

Enroll in Empower Teaching Canvas Course

Empower Teaching is the Canvas course where you submit to earn badges necessary for the Teaching Scholar Certificate. To access Empower Teaching, you need to join the course by clicking here.

Participate in the required badges

There are five required badges for the Diversity Mentorship and Inclusive Teaching track:
  1. Plan Teaching Excellence Pathway (Engage)
    Description: In the Plan Your Pathway (PYP) meeting, you meet one-on-one with an ETE staff member to answer your questions about ETE and the Teaching Scholar Certificate. During this meeting, you'll learn about ETE and the Diversity Mentorship and Inclusive Teaching track and discuss how ETE can best help you accomplish your personal and professional goals related to college teaching. 
    Time to complete: 1 hour
    When to register: You can set up a PYP meeting at any time, by emailing empowerteaching@usu.edu 
  2. ETE Learning Circle - Diversity Mentoring and Inclusive Teaching (Engage)
    Description: Every semester, ETE runs a number of learning circles, where 8-12 instructors get together to discuss a book related to pedagogy or college teaching. Some learning circles are specifically designed for Diversity Mentorship and Inclusive Teaching track participants. You can expect to meet with your learning circle 4-5 times during the semester. 
    Time to complete: 1 semester (4-5 meetings)
    When to register: Registration usually opens 2-3 weeks before the start of each semester and the summer. Check out the learning cirlce website to find out what circles are coming up and to sign up. 
  3. Inclusive Excellence Symposium 
    Description: The Inclusive Excellence Symposium is held annually every fall at USU. The mission of the Inclusive Excellence Symposium is to "empower USU students, faculty, and staff to advance equity and inclusion through education, collaboration, and research."
    Time to complete: 1 day
    When to register: Registration usually opens in the late summer. Check the Inclusive Excellence Symposium website for details. 
  4. ETE Sparkshop: Diversity Mentorship & Inclusive Teaching
    Description: ETE Sparkshops are about 45-minute virtual events that are held 3-4 times a semester. Sparkshops can be requested by departments or by individual instructors to be presented to their instructors or can be requested by an instructor directly. The topics for Sparkshops vary as do their length.
    Time to complete: 1 hour
    When to register: There is usually one DMIT sparkshop each semester. 
  5. Teaching Statement (Engage)
    Description: A Teaching Statement is a short analytical essay of your personal beliefs and values when it comes to education. This is normally a mixture of practical experience and evidence-based scholarly work. As an individual continues to teach, their teaching philosophy continues to change and expand.
    Time to complete:
    When to register: 
    You can turn in this assignment at any time throughout the year. For more information on teaching statements, click here.
To earn the Teaching Scholar Certificate, you must earn six engage-level badges, three implement-level badges, and one contribute-level badge. There are over 180 digital badges currently available through ETE. During your PYP meeting, you can talk about which additional badge might best fit your personal and professional goals. Feel free to email empowerteaching@usu.edu for guidance or advice about which badge might work best for you.

Submit badge assignment to Empower Taeching

After you have engaged in the content of a badge (for example, once you have attended the ETE conference), you should submit the badge assignment in Empower Teaching. To submit a badge, navigate to the "Submit a Badge" page in Empower Teaching and click on "Start Assignment" at the top right of the screen. To earn the badge, you will have to fulfill all the "Criteria" outlined for that badge. Reflection prompts for the Diversity Mentorship and Inclusive Teaching track can be found in each badge.

Track your progress in Pathways

After you submit a badge to Empower Teaching, an ETE staff member will read through your reflection and either award you the badge or ask for additional information. If additional information is needed, the ETE staff member will indicate what information to add in a submission comment and ask you to re-submit the assignment. Once you have been awarded the badge, you can track which badges you've earned and which badges you still need using the "Badges" tab in the Empower Teaching course.

Still have questions? 

Email us at empowerteaching@usu.edu