Beyond Inclusion: The Science Behind Belonging

Wednesday February 7, 2024
1:15 - 2:15 PM
Portland Ballroom

Inclusion isn't really what we should be working towards! Although we have made significant strides towards inclusion over the past 30 years, it isn't all that we had hoped for. For example, you can be “included” in a classroom and still feel isolated and alone; you can be “included” on a team and still never have an opportunity to play the game; you can be “included” in a school community but still be treated as an outsider. We all want more than this: we want to contribute and be seen as an integral part of the group. What we really want is to “belong.” In this presentation, we will explore the social science of belonging and the measurable social and health outcomes of belonging. This presentation will explore how we can use this emerging scientific evidence to move beyond inclusion toward creating classrooms and communities where people actually belong.

In-person Lecture
classroom leaders
school climate culture