Engineer Inclusion

How to Plan Feedback (By Prioritizing Inclusion)

Giving feedback is a skill; just like any skill, the more you practice, the better you will become! Preparing your feedback helps ensure we prioritize inclusive practices. Use this four-part checklist to craft self-efficacy-boosting feedback that promotes psychological safety and empowers others to reach their potential. Download a fillable form at the end of this page.

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Four Parts

Establish Your Purpose

Before offering feedback, it is important to clarify your purpose, desired outcomes, and remind yourself of the facts.

Analyze Your Filter

One of the most critical steps in planning for and providing feedback is to analyze your filter. What do we mean by a filter?

The way we see and understand the world influences how we interact with others, make decisions, and interpret others’ actions. To be equitable and inclusive leaders, educators, or humans, we must understand how our identities bias our perceptions. We are all complex people with multiple identities. We may identify ourselves by our familial roles, professions, hobbies, or our aspirations. Social and political contexts inform parts of who we are. Some identities are externally visible, some aren’t as salient at times, and others are kept to ourselves.

Who you are, including all of your identities, lived experiences, life exposure, realities, truths, traumas, and thoughts, influence how you perceive everything in the world. All of these things become a LENS through which everything is filtered, and we must recognize the power of the personal lens, also known as our positionality.

Additional things to consider are the ways in which you can de-center or de-prioritize dominant norms, or ways of knowing and doing. If that's a new concept for you, that's okay! A good place to start is to learn about power and privilege. You can also examine individualistic and collectivist ways of knowing and doing, and funds of knowledge theories.

Want to learn more about how to incorporate the following into your practice? We can help!

Craft your feedback

The next step is to craft the feedback you want to give. The final two sections draw on the most common research around feedback, in addition to self-efficacy (Bandura), mindset (Dweck), wise feedback (Yeager) and motivation theory.

Prepare your approach

And finally, it's time to prepare your approach, and practice inclusive communication skills while delivering the feedback. Listening is crucial!

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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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