The videos featured in the tabs to the right, along with the “guide” that accompanies each video, are part of CIRCLE’s Inclusive Video Series. These videos were created as part of CIRCLE’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Project. The overarching goal of the HHMI Project is to create an inclusive learning environment where students from all demographic groups are welcome and equally likely to be successful in STEM disciplines at Washington University in St. Louis. As part of this larger effort, four videos were produced in conjunction with Cornerstone and The Harvey Media Center for use by Peer Leaders during their Seminar in Academic Mentoring (SAM) course. The SAM course provides training for Peer Leaders to facilitate Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) sessions.

Each video is between 12-16 minutes long and includes a brief introduction, testimonials from Peer Leaders, a review of relevant research, and selected evidence-based strategies for working with student groups. A different expert delivers the content of each video. Despite being originally designed for Peer Leaders, we believe the content of the videos is relevant and applicable for use among all student groups. The videos, and their accompanying guides, are available for use by all who may find them useful. We have prepared learning goals, strategies, resources, and references to go along with each video.


The topics include:

Social Identity, Implicit Bias, and Stereotype Threat

Growth Mindset

Social Belonging

Metacognition and Study Strategies


Overall Learning Goals:

  1. Provide undergraduate leaders with basic information on the following inclusive topics: social identity, stereotype threat, implicit bias, growth mindset, social belonging, and metacognition.
  2. Develop comfort among undergraduate leaders in discussing sensitive issues relating to these topics with students individually and in small groups.
  3. Improve confidence among undergraduate leaders that using inclusive strategies will benefit students by creating a more welcoming and supportive academic climate.
  4. Improve recognition of barriers to inclusion and how to overcome obstacles using inclusive strategies.


Additional information about CIRCLE’s HHMI Inclusive Excellence Project, SAM, and PLTL is available by clicking the links or visiting the Projects page of our website. If you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting with a member of our staff, please contact Dr. Chris Wally ( Please see the tabs to the right for video links and content that supplements each video.