Bolstering Belongingness: Instructor Leadership Frameworks for Fostering Inclusion


This article first appeared in The Best of the 2022 Teaching Professor Online Conference (Magna Publications, 2023).

Belonging describes the human emotional need to experience acceptance from a group. As a psychosocial concept, belonging or feeling “part of” allows individuals to develop self-concept or self-identity (Turner & Oakes, 1986). For undergraduates, experiencing a sense of belonging, feeling accepted, and building relationships are crucial factors that encourage engagement, commitment to higher learning, and graduation (Strayhorn, 2018).

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