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How to Design a Workshop (with Equity and Inclusion in Mind)

Designing an effective and engaging workshop, especially one that prioritizes equity and inclusion, can seem like a daunting task. In the provided 40-minute webinar, I share 12 years of experience designing equity- and inclusion-minded workshops. Whatever your content area may be, you can follow the step-by-step instructions mapped in an easy-to-use worksheet to design an engaging and effective workshop for your audience.

This step-by-step guide will help you plan a workshop and consider elements that can improve equity and inclusion. 

Watch a 40m recorded webinar, and download a companion worksheet to guide you step-by-step to design an engaging and effective workshop with equity and inclusion in mind. 


Introduce a design method for creating an effective and engaging workshop.

Show you how to clarify and prioritize content for a workshop.

Offer recommendations for engaging instructional strategies.

Leave you with tips for instructional choices and styles.


Watch this 40-minute recorded webinar on how to design a workshop with equity and inclusion in mind.

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Instructional Strategies

The following strategies are student-centered examples shared in the webinar that improve equity and inclusion if done correctly.  Download the handout for a list of the definitions.

Round Robin

Round-robin brainstorming ensures everyone is involved; all ideas are shared, fostering greater creativity, innovation, and inclusion.

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Constructivist Listening

Constructivist listening is a facilitation strategy designed to foster a safe space for people to speak authentically about their feelings and beliefs.

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Think-pair-share is a collaborative teaching strategy used to help participants form individual ideas, discuss and share 1-1 with the others. 


Jigsaw is a collaborative teaching strategy where participants from a home group split up to join a topic-focused group. Upon returning to the homegroup, each participant teaches about the topic they learned and discussed. 

Gallery Walks

Individuals or small groups create a poster or text or images about their topic or discussion and display it. Then everyone rotates in their original groups to read and learn from the artifacts.

Case Studies

Case studies are stories used as a teaching tool to show applying a theory or concept to real situations.

Perspective Taking 

Perspective-taking refers to a person’s ability to consider a situation from a different point of view. Perspective-taking is a valuable tool in combination with case studies to encourage participants to practice empathy and understanding. 


A fishbowl exercise is when a small group of participants has a discussion, and the remainder of the participants listen and take notes. The activity is best done with an inner and outer circle so that people can hear and see. A fishbowl is a demonstration to initiate another type of small group collaboration.

Panel Discussion

A panel discussion is when a moderator leads a conversation between a small group of people. The audience observes and asks questions. The best panel discussions are interactive and responsive to the audience. 

Four Corners

In a four-corner exercise, you place four statements around the room or similarly in a remote configuration. Participants express their opinion or response by standing in front of one of four statements and then talking to others about why they have chosen their corner. 


How to Design a Workshop with Equity and Inclusion in Mind
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Meagan Pollock, PhD

Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential, and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail.

An international speaker, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action.

As an engineer turned educator, Meagan Pollock is focused on engineering equity into education and the workforce.

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