Welcome to this Toolkit!

Advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is a journey with concrete actions taken along the way. This EDI Teaching Toolkit for Instructors provides ideas to diversify science education to support recruitment, retention, and advancement of all students and bring topics of EDI to the curriculum.

This toolkit encourages student creative expression and engagement, debunking myths and stereotypes around scientists, increasing representation of diverse role models, and more! These resources will help instructors develop equitable learning environments that support students from all backgrounds, fostering a culture of care and inclusive excellence.

Through inclusive teaching, we prepare graduates for a professional environment in which equity, diversity and inclusion awareness and application is the cultural norm. EDI education is imperative for our students who represent the next agents of change in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

This toolkit is meant to provide ideas for instructors at different points on this journey, rather than a book to be read from end-to-end and implemented at once.

EDI Definitions


People of all identities and characteristics being treated fairly and respectfully, considering opportunities, access, treatment, power, outcomes, and resources.


Differences within a group that may include race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, family status, disability status, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic situation.


Ongoing process of intentionally creating welcoming and respectful environments and systems where there are opportunities for everyone to flourish, in which inequities in power and privilege are addressed.