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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Images of Inclusion

Information on developing culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogy.

Images of Inclusion

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Culturally responsive pedagogy strives to reflect the spectrum of ethnic groups, religions, social classes, gender and sexual identities, and learning styles and abilities of the students enrolled in our classes. On this page you can find links to websites that offer free photos and images to enhance your course content, as well as profiles of people from non-dominant groups who have made notable and sometimes groundbreaking contributions in their fields.

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Profiles in Diversity: Groundbreakers from Non-Dominant Cultures

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie
Writer of fiction, short stories, and poetry

Sherman Alexie's award-winning prose and poetry chronicles the severe plight of Native American people. Multiple allegations of sexual misconduct (for which he has apologized) have tarnished his reputation, but his work nonetheless reflects a fierce loyalty toward his people even as it illustrates the influences of white American culture.

Alex Chavez
Anthropologist, professor, and author

An assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Notre Dame, Chavez’s work has won awards in the fields of anthropology and ethnomusicology, including the 2018 Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology Book Prize, the 2018 Association for Latina and Latino Anthropologists Book Award, and the Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Jelani Cobb
American writer, author, and educator

A graduate of Howard University and Rutgers University, Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He has been a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine since 2015 and is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis writing. Cobb writes about race, politics, history and culture.

Martin Robinson Delany
Writer, military officer, and reformer

Delany was one of the first black men admitted to Harvard Medical School and later asked to leave due to his race. He was the first African American field-grade officer in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. He assisted with efforts to transport emigrants to Liberia. His book Principia of Ethnology: The Origin of Races and Color (1879) detailed historical and cultural achievements of African peoples.

Patrick Dwyer
Scholar and neurodiversity advocate

Dwyer is currently a graduate student in the psychology department at UC Davis who specializes in the heterogeneity of the autism spectrum, specifically sensory processing and attention. He speaks eloquently on the topic of neurodiversity and facilitates a peer support group for autistic students on campus. 

Temple Grandin
Author, professor, and animal rights activist

Diagnosed early with autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization, Grandin has used her own experiences to develop insights into the needs and experiences of animals and has advocated for more humane treatment of livestock animals. She is one of the foremost experts in the world on the topics of autism and animal behavior.
Deb Haaland Deb Haaland
U.S. Secretary of the Interior

A member of the Pueblo Laguna and 35th-generation New Mexican, Haaland made history as the first Native American to serve as cabinet secretary. She has broken barriers throughout her career in public service, focusing on environmental justice, climate change, missing and murdered indigenous women, and family-friendly policies.
Daniel Inouye Daniel K. Inouye
WW II veteran and U.S. Senator

Inouye enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and lost his right arm in Italy in 1945. After he was honorably discharged in 1947, he studied political science and law. He was once refused services by a barber for being a "Jap." He was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor in 2000 and served as a Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012.
Suneera Madhani Suneera Madhani
Fattmerchant CEO and Founder

Madhani founded Fattmerchant, an award-winning payment processing technology company, in 2014. Since then Fattmerchant has experienced substantial growth. In 2020 she was named to Fortune's 40 Under 40 list. Recently she launched a podcast named CEO School to help other female founders achieve success.
Pauli Murray

Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray
Civil Rights lawyer and feminist advocate

Denied the opportunity to do post-graduate work at Harvard University because of their gender, Pauli Murray earned a law degree from UC Berkeley. A strong influence for feminist advocacy under Title VII and the 14th Amendment, their personal writings reflect gender fluidity at a time when gender nonconformity was not accepted. 

Ellen Ochoa Ellen Ochoa
Astronaut and NASA administrator

Ochoa earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has worked as a research engineer, served as director of Johnson Space Center, and was the first Hispanic woman to travel into space. After retiring from NASA she was inducted into the International Air and Space Hall of Fame.
Chase Strangio Chase Strangio
Lawyer and LGBTQ activist

Strangio’s work with the ACLU and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project includes litigation and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people, people living with HIV, and transgender and gender nonconforming individuals in confinement settings. He was the lead counsel for the ACLU team that represented transgender U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning. 
Alan Turing Alan Turing
Founder of modern computer science

Turing’s work in mathematics at Cambridge University led to the development of the “Turing machine,” the basis of the modern binary computer. Arrested as a homosexual in 1952, he was tried and sentenced to receive estrogen injections, then considered a viable treatment. He took his own life in 1954.
Harriet Washington Harriet A. Washington
Author, journalist, and medical ethicist

Washington’s numerous awards include a Harvard Journalism Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Public Health. Her book, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, was hailed by critics for research which exposed patterns of racism and abuse by doctors against Black people.
Shirley Chisholm
Congresswoman, scholar, spokesperson
In 1968 Chisholm became the first African American congresswoman in the United States. Known for her fiery rhetoric, she challenged traditional politics and advocated for liberal legislation until her retirement in 1982.Though she lost the party nomination to George McGovern in her 1972 Presidential bid, she is remembered as a political pioneer.
Audre Lourde
American poet, novelist, memoirist, essayist

Audre Lorde received master’s degree in Library Science and worked as a young adult librarian and school librarian in the 1960’s. She also published poetry influenced by her reactions to racism, sexism, and homophobia. Though she married and had two children, she later identified as a lesbian. Her first major book of poetry, Coal was published in 1976, and she continued to publish until her death from liver cancer in 1992.
Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights strategist and humanitarian

Political advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin is remembered for his significant influence on social protest, and black protest in particular. In spite of his efforts and influence in organized labor and world affairs and on behalf of the Civil Rights movement, he was ostracized because of his sexual orientation and its potentially negative influence on his causes.

African slave and smallpox vaccination pioneer

Onesimus became the slave of Cotton Mather in 1706 and, in the midst of a smallpox outbreak in New England, he shared with Mather his experience in Africa with the practice of variolation to prevent smallpox outbreaks. Mather advocated for variolation but was met with fierce resistance. In 1796 Edward Jenner developed the vaccination for smallpox and the practice of variolation was discontinued. It was Onesimus who first introduced this idea in the United States.