Roadmaps to Building Equitable and Inclusive Research Experiences in STEMProject Biodiversify: Methods for diverse, inclusive, and effective teaching in biology


Wed., Feb. 16, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

High School, Adult - Beginner, Adult - Intermediate, Adult - Advanced


Talk summary

In this seminar, we will give an overview of some common missteps in biology education settings that negatively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion and outline five methods to remedy these. In doing so, we give an overview of our effort, Project Biodiversify (www.projectbiodiversify.org), which is an online repository of teaching materials and methods to make biology education more inclusive. The five methods that we outline include: increasing diversity/humanity of role models, presenting diversity first, using models to show the iterative process of science, updating language and definitions to be inclusive and accurate, and giving social and biological context when talking about examples in the classroom.


Project Biodiversify

Project Biodiversify is a group of research biologists generating materials that promote diversity and inclusion in biology teaching. We develop and disseminate teaching materials and methods aimed at increasing the diversity of biologists highlighted in lectures, humanizing biologists, and making biology classrooms inclusive to students of all backgrounds. Dr. Ash Zemenick* (they/them) Station Manager of UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station Dr. Alex Webster (she/her) Research Professor at University of New Mexico’s Department of Biology Dr. Sarah Jones* (she/her) Education Manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden *Denotes presenters

About the Roadmaps to Building Equitable and Inclusive Research Experiences in STEM Series

What can we do to create more equitable and inclusive STEM educational systems? This lecture series will feature speakers that have successfully run boots-on-the-ground institutional diversity initiatives. These leaders have strong records of advocacy and are employing innovative ideas to build anti-racist/anti-sexist programs, truly they are changing the system in support of a more diverse STEM workforce. With this lecture series we hope to provide action steps for those who have the power to define the systematic aspects of the STEM work environment (professors, administrators, supervisors), to give inspiration to students in STEM who are eager to see people in leadership positions making changes to the SYSTEM of STEM, and to show members of the public how organizational transformations can take place in support of a more diverse workforce.

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