Class Discussion Expectations

  1. Don’t make assumptions about each other’s backgrounds based on appearance.
  2. Be mindful of tone when speaking to people.
  3. Assume positive intent from each other & think in advance about your own comments.
  4. Ask questions before accusing.
  5. Don’t be afraid to be wrong or to not know something.
  6. On social media – frame disagreements as ideas (if you want to be polemical – wait 5 minutes before posting), be particularly careful about tone.
  7. Make “I think” statements, but not “You” statements generalizing groups.
  8. Look at each other and talk to each other (and not just to the Professor!)