A culturally relevant and affirming learning experience entails
It is beneficial because
Diverse Texts - select literature and reading materials that are inclusive of a wide array of students. This is important when creating an online environment that will address the needs of all students. Students from marginalized backgrounds (students of color, immigrant students, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, etc.) normally find that their voices are absent from literature. Having multicultural readings validate the experiences of the students.
Course Images - If the subject of the day is not 'diversity' we often default to stock images of white, straight, able-bodied people. Use images that reflect people of diverse ages, races, genders, etc.
By exposing students to images that highlilght the contributions of a wide variety of people to society reduces stereotype threat and anxiety, while elevating self-efficacy