Meet UITL’s new Instructional Consultant, Shadia Siliman

Shadia (Shed) Siliman is an Instructional Consultant focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Before coming to The Ohio State University, Siliman served as a Graduate Instructional Consultant, also focused on DEI, at Indiana University. She is also experienced as an advisor and mentor. Siliman pulls from her activism, education and teaching experience to help instructors cultivate intersectional pedagogies. She assists instructors in accounting for identity differences along such lines as race, class, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, citizenship and more.

Siliman’s doctoral research used an intersectional frame, informed by Women of Color scholarship, to investigate sexual violence in a university setting. She also graduated as valedictorian from the University of Hartford with a double bachelor’s in Gender Studies and Psychology.

Siliman’s current interests are in expanding concepts of DEI, such as Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ), graduate instructor development and using the scholarship of Women of Color to inform classroom strategies.

“Working in educational development allows me to help instructors grow into more inclusive, aware and equitable pedagogues,” she says. “I am most excited to grow as a DEI practitioner who can counsel instructors across a variety of disciplines and classroom settings.”