The Bok Undergraduate Pedagogy Fellows (UPF) program was created with the goal of improving access, equity, and inclusivity in learning experiences by facilitating connection between undergraduates, graduate Teaching Fellows, and instructors. UPFs are chosen for their thoughtfulness about classroom power dynamics and what makes an equitable and effective learning experience. They develop and deliver workshops on privilege and student identities in the classroom for instructors, and assist with wider Bok Center programming on equity and inclusivity in the classroom.
Introduction to Undergraduate Identities
This presentation is an introduction to how Harvard students identify and how their identities intersect with power dynamics in the classroom. Various levels of oppression are explained, with a focus on instructors' interactions with students on the interpersonal level. Low socioeconomic status is explored as a case-study: how can low socioeconomic status interact with academic norms to affect students’ performance, engagement with material and section, and attendance? The framework used to explain what happens in the case of socio-economic status can be extended to a number of other aspects of student identity. The presentation ends with a facilitated discussion which aims to ensure that participants walk away with insights into the Harvard undergraduate experience and a framework for understanding these complex issues in the classroom.