STEM Inequalities Speaker Series

Date: 
March 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
The Understanding and Addressing STEM Inequalities Speaker Series presents "Interactive Theatre to Promote Difficult Dialogues about Inequities in STEM Undergraduate Education." Professors Michelle Camacho and Susan Lord of University of San Diego will give a public lecture open to all. Undergraduate STEM education continues to struggle with how to create an inclusive climate for a diverse community of students. Typical approaches to addressing this problem have not been successful, suggesting a need for innovative approaches. In this interactive session, we use interactive theater developed at the University of Michigan to engage students, staff, faculty and administrators in difficult dialogues and sensitive topics. We will highlight key structural problems and inequities and consider strategies to avoid these biases. The focus will be on how all members of the campus community can enhance the undergraduate student experience. A reception with refreshments will follow the talk, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Camacho (Ph.D. University of California, Irvine) is professor of sociology and special assistant to the provost for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation at the University of San Diego and a former fellow of the American Council on Education at UC San Diego, 2015-2016. She served as a UC Faculty Fellow in Ethnic Studies and as a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Center for US Mexican Studies. Her co-authored books include "The Borderlands of Education, Mentoring Faculty of Color, and Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color." Lord (Ph.D. Stanford University) is professor of electrical engineering and chair of the new general engineering program at University of San Diego. Her research on diversity in engineering has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation and won multiple awards. Lord is active in the engineering education community including serving as president of the IEEE Education Society for 2009-2010. Lord and Camacho are among the first to study Latinos in engineering and are currently collaborating on an NSF-funded project on “Revolutionizing Engineering Departments.” In reviewing their 2013 book, "The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering," a Smith College professor called it “groundbreaking work…that will challenge your assumptions about women and minorities in engineering." Everyone is welcome to attend the event for free. The Understanding and Addressing STEM Inequalities Speaker Series is sponsored by a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant from the Office of Campus Climate, with additional support from: School of Natural Sciences, School of Engineering, Graduate Division, Office of Undergraduate Education, Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty, Office of Women’s Programs and the Health Sciences Research Institute.
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Student Housing: The Summits, Alpine Room (Tenaya Hall 170)
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