Engineer Inclusion

Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ and Equity with SEL

Welcome attendees of the 2022 Social and Emotional Learning Conference, hosted by Northwestern University and Wolcott College Prep! On this page, you will find all of the resources shared during the opening keynote address. If I’m missing something, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

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Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive leadership is imperative for creating cultures, schools, teams, and organizations that drive equitable outcomes for historically marginalized and minoritized people. The inclusive leadership development model is a four-part, iterative, reflective, and reflexive framework for developing into an inclusive leader.

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Engineer Inclusion Session Pledge

Establish group norms or shared agreements

Every group naturally develops normative behaviors, expectations, and unwritten ways of operating. To intentionally engineer inclusion, you can set or establish norms that scaffold equitable and inclusive practices. We’ve created a simple four-S alliteration to help you get started. Save the image, download the pdf, or use our pledge as a starting place to create your own.

Engineer Inclusion Stewarding Prompts

How to practice stewardship

Stewardship cultivates an enriching atmosphere, the opposite of gatekeeping behaviors. Everyone can practice stewardship and facilitate belonging for those around them. In this post, I describe stewardship and gatekeeping, and provide a set of prompts to equip us with a mindset and choice framework.

Unbiasing Nudges

Nudging is the process of influencing behavior through small changes in information or adaptations to an environment. We recommend the following nudges to unbias how we operate.

Cognitive Biases

In the early 1970s, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman introduced the term ‘cognitive bias’ to describe people’s systematic but flawed patterns of responses to judgment and decision problems. There are hundreds, but we recommend focusing on the top eight.

What is Positionality? Craft your own positionality statement Worksheet

Positionality Exercise

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. In this post, we provide a free downloadable 26-page PDF with definitions and explanations of several social identities (race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability status, and sexuality) and a scaffolded exercise to help you examine your positionality.

4-i's of oppression model by Meagan Pollock

4-I's of Oppression

There are four types of oppression: ideological, interpersonal, institutional, and internalized. Our model shows how systems of oppression work together, interact, and overlap. Oppression is the combination of prejudice and power that creates a system that discriminates against some groups and benefits other groups. These systems are designed by people and upheld by people. 

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“I never thought about how they might feel.” How do you contribute to inclusive environments?

In this post, I share a reflection by a friend of mine and offer prompts for you to consider how we can all contribute to inclusive environments.

What is the difference between equality and equity?

Equality is when everyone gets the same, but equality isn’t reality. Equity compensates for systemic inequalities.​ It is an explicit effort to level the playing field with the goal of reaching equality. Watch this illustrative explanation video to learn more.


2022-04-29 SEL Keynote slides

If you’d like a copy of my slides, I have created a PDF handout that I hope is useful for your learning. I will remove this resource from the page on 4/30.

2022-04-29 SEL Keynote testimonials

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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We help people intentionally and systematically engineer equity and inclusion into their organizations: driving positive outcomes and effectively supporting employees and the community.

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