How to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds is something about which I think (and worry and strategize) a great deal. I’m happy that this has emerged as a topic on this site and look forward to learning from your experiences and suggestions.
In the meanwhile, here’s something incredibly easy that we can all do:
PUT ALL THE BOOKS FOR THE COURSES THAT YOU TEACH ON RESERVE AT THE LIBRARY.
Also, if you have extra copies of any of those books, put them on reserve, too.
This seems like one of those things that goes without saying (and, as such, it’s a little embarrassing to post it here, as if I think I’m a revolutionary for sending my course lists in to the reserve desk?!), but this morning I got an email from a student that included the following comment:
“I really felt that you tried to make this class really accessible to all students
regardless of background. For instance, it was wonderful that you put all the books on
reserve…so, I didn’t have to go crazy saving up for book money.”
So, in her honor, I’m posting this little reminder.