Post Tagged with: "Diversity"

Thriving in Academia:  A Leadership Task More Difficult Than It Sounds

Denise C. Phelps, Department of Public Policy “I want to be a leader,” are words you may hear echoed when a teacher asks their students what they want to be when they grow up. Being a leader and obtaining leadership skills details a lot of responsibility and hard work, especially when you want to be a leader in academia. Whether you’re a teacher in K-12 or a professor at a […]

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Commentary: What Instructors Can Do to Improve Retention of Racial Minorities in Higher Education

Mustafa I. Hussain, MS, Department of Informatics Science has had a problem for a long time. The problem resurfaced recently, when news broke that Nobel Prize-winning biologist James Watson believes that race determines intelligence (Yancy-Bragg, 2019). Many of us instructors may find silence on such issues comfortable—but our silence is not helpful (Robertson & Chaney, 2017). Schinske et al. (2016) found that instructors can shift students’ stereotypes of scientists—“what scientists […]

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Making Lab Spaces More Accessible to the Variety of Students We Serve

Amy Christiansen, Department of Chemistry Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a way to make instruction accessible to students with disabilities (SwD) and different learning preferences. UDL strives to make instruction inclusive by providing diverse curriculum delivery formats and building accommodations into curriculum design. UDL is a well-established technique for making classrooms more accessible, but is less commonly implemented in laboratories. As an educator in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), […]

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