147 Practical Tips for Teaching Diversity, 2nd Edition (pdf)

(pdf edition)

Authors: William M. Timpson, Raymond K. Yang, Evelinn A. Borrayo, Silvia Sara Canetto, Jessica Gonzalez-Voller, Malcolm E. Scott

DIVERSITY is a critical issue, both in our society and in education. Classrooms provide an ideal vantage point to open discussions and explore diversity on a deep and lasting level. But, how do educators do that? These Tips presented by various educators explore concepts of diversity and utilize tried and true techniques for implementing diversity content across the curriculum.

Lead author, William Timpson, writes in the Preface about his own journey and about how the conversation has changed since the first Tips edition:

It is evident to me that diversity requires a much more multilayered focus with links to global issues that impact everyone. I also recognize how traditional classroom approaches are often left wanting when, in fact, direct experiences may be needed to challenge old beliefs, habits, and feelings.

As issues of diversity have evolved, so must strategies for inclusion and open, safe discussion. Use these Tips as quick suggestions and then deepen them to meet your own classroom needs.


  • Incorporate diversity content in all content areas
  • Face conflict with sensitivity and creativity
  • Unlearn stereotyping and prejudice
  • Create safe, open, inclusive, and supportive classrooms
  • Challenge ideas, attitudes, and beliefs

About the Authors

WILLIAM M. TIMPSON, Professor, School of Education Teaching and Learning; Curriculum Development; Education for Diversity, Sustainability, Peace and Reconciliation; Professional Development and Change.

RAYMOND K. YANG, Professor (Retired), Department of Human Development and Family Studies Infant Development; At-Risk Youth.

EVELINN BORRAYO, Professor, Psychology Department Clinical Health Psychology; Determinants of Health Behavior; Clinical Interventions to Prevent, Control, and Treat Chronic Diseases.

SILVIA SARA CANETTO, Professor, Psychology Department Applied Social and Health Psychology; Counseling Psychology; Diversity Issues in Aging and End of Life; Gender, Culture and Science.

JESSICA GONZALEZ-VOLLER, Assistant Professor, School of Education Multicultural Issues in Counseling; Outcomes for Inpatient and Outpatient Clients; Mindfulness Interventions for Individuals with Health Disparities.

MALCOLM SCOTT, Program Director MSW School of Social Work, Abilene Christian College.