Cultivating Equity-Focused Change in University Physics Departments Discipline-based education research has made great strides in understanding how to fost

Date: 
Monday, February 28, 2022 - 4:15pm
Location: 
1 Physics North & Zoom
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Affiliation: 
San Jose State University
Public Lecture: 
Yes

Discipline-based education research has made great strides in understanding how to foster more equitable and effective education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). However, there still has yet to be widespread adoption of reforms in university STEM departments. Our project seeks to understand how departments can implement sustainable, large-scale changes through the creation of Departmental Action Teams (DATs). DATs are teams of faculty, students, and staff within a single STEM department working on some issue related to undergraduate education. While these changes take many forms, they are grounded in six core principles, including upholding a commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice. During this talk, I will first discuss the multifaceted nature of complex equity-focused change. I will then present an overview of the DAT model and the theoretical principles which guide our work. Finally, I will present some empirical research discussing how to meaningfully develop student-staff-faculty partnerships while implementing departmental changes.