The Power of Inclusion

Being born in Los Angeles, California but moving around South America for the majority of my childhood, I was constantly adjusting and transitioning to a new normal. Having attended countless schools and spending many first days as the "new kid", I have learned about the importance of feeling supported and welcomed by new communities. I created PsychIn with my younger self in mind. The goal of my organization is to use psychology to explain the positive impacts of inclusion and to develop a module for inclusion that can be used my educators to integrate into their course content. It is necessary to fight for more inclusion in places were children spend most of their time due to the key role it plays in personal development.
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The heart of PsychIn is the organization's push for inclusion in classrooms. In order to achieve this, a teaching module with a basis in psychology has been developed to set a foundation for an inclusive learning environment. The goal is to share this teaching module presentation with other educators to continue the conversations around student development, fostering inclusivity and combating exclusion.

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"Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported" (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Exclusion is the alienation of others from a group. Exclusion has tremendous negative effects because it directly plays on human's innate desire to be part.

Exclusion has been linked to an increase in: sadness, frustration, low self-esteem, low motivation and depression
While it can be hard to narrow down the exact reasons why this phenomenon occurs, we can turn to psychology to make sense of it all.
Understanding intergroup bias can help us identify a reason as to why exclusion occurs. Intergroup bias is the tendency for people of a certain group (in-group) to prefer their own group over another group (out-group). This phenomenon can lead to the creation of harmful bias which further divides and alienates people.
Lower levels of hostility, discrimination and fear. Increase sense of tolerance towards others.  
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An inclusive classroom is a space in which a student feels: supported, encouraged as they pursue academic and intellectual growth. Educators as well as other peers are instrumental in creating an inclusive classroom.
As educators develop course content, here are some easy ways to work towards inclusion:
  • Include a diversity acknowledgement in course content (i.e. syllabus)
  • Employ diverse assessment methods to cater to different learning types
  • Present course content through different perspectives (i.e. Social Sciences and Humanities courses) 
  • Establish rules for constructive and respectful classroom participation 
  • Prioritize open communication in the classroom

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