Book club: Black, Brown & Bruised, talking about race and STEM education

Days: Every other Wednesday, starting January 27, 2021
Times: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Facilitator: Claudia Irene Calderón (Faculty Associate, researcher and educator in the Horticulture Department), Beth Workmaster (Researcher in the Horticulture Department)
Location: Remote meetings on Zoom (link will be emailed to registrants)
Credit information
: N/A
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: Δ (1 delta )
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How do we make structural changes toward racial justice in a STEM classroom? We invite anyone and everyone to join us for a book club and community conversation around Black, Brown and Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation by Ebony Omotola McGee.

Join us whether you are totally new to these topics or have spent time immersed in ideas of equity and inclusion for an open conversation rooted in curiosity and cultural humility. This will be an opportunity for shared learning, with a focus on how we might apply ideas in our teaching.

Drawing on narratives from hundreds of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous individuals, the author examines the experiences of underrepresented racially minoritized students and faculty members who have succeeded in STEM. Based on this extensive research, McGee advocates for structural and institutional changes to address racial discrimination, stereotyping, and hostile environments in an effort to make the field more inclusive. McGee offers policies and practices that must be implemented to ensure that STEM education and employment become more inclusive including internships, mentoring opportunities, and curricular offerings. Such structural changes are imperative if we are to reverse the negative effects of racialized STEM and unlock the potential of all students to drive technological innovation and power the economy.

Get the book: As it is not available through the UW libraries or electronically, we will have copies available for loan. If you wish to purchase your own copy, please do!