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Belonging In Botany Lecture: Perspectives on DEI - David Asai

Asai, David J. [1].

Race and Science: from Collectors to Allies.

Today, more than 33% of the U.S. population are PEERs (Persons Excluded from science because of their Ethnicity or Race). But less than 13% of the total U.S. scientific workforce, and less than 7% of tenured and tenure-track STEM faculty are PEERs. PEERs are over-represented among students entering college intending to study STEM, but quickly become underrepresented among STEM bachelor’s and PhD recipients. PEERs leave science at twice the rate of non-PEERs, and this gap has not closed in three decades (Asai, 2020). Too often, our mindset has been one in which PEERs are commoditized and our interventions rely on collecting and treating the students. These approaches, while perhaps accruing short-term benefits to the students, are not sufficient to effect widespread and long-term change. It is important to learn how to become allies and adopt an “equity framework” that focuses on changing the system in which students find themselves (Malcom-Piqueux et al., 2017; Griffin, 2020). What will equity framing look like in science education?

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1 - Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Science Education

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Presentation Type: Special Presentations
Session: S05, Belonging in Botany - David Asai
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM(EDT)
Number: S05001
Abstract ID:1144
Candidate for Awards:None

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