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Including Inclusion in Science Curriculum

Concepts, techniques and data are the sole composition of most STEM classes.  We, science educators, were taught “the facts” and we tend to teach “the facts.” What we do is quantitative and empirical.  We purposely exclude social issues, but science is most valuable when it serves society.  Scholarly pursuit that that cannot be used by individuals to make positive contributions to society is “trivial pursuit.” Scientific spaces, including science classrooms, should strive to embrace and reflect society.  In this course we will consider the following: How can scientific content be addressed effectively and accurately, while being inclusive and anti-colonizing?

The purpose of this seminar is to encourage STEM faculty to reflect on ways to make their course materials and teaching strategies more inclusive. By participating in this seminar,  one will attain a better understanding of the need to decolonize science curricula, and strategies to implement more inclusive learning materials. The intended audience is STEM faculty: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Healthcare.

Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.

Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).

Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.

Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:

  • A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
  • Their institutional liaison officer’s approval