STEM Racial Equity Institute
STEM Racial Equity Institute Description:
The Framingham State University STEM Racial Equity Institute has been developed as part of the STEM Racial Equity Project funded by an Inclusive Excellence Award from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). In this highly interactive, remote, intensive, four-week faculty professional development experience, STEM faculty are guided and encouraged as they work to develop an Anti-Racist Pedagogy for the purpose of supporting their institution’s transformation into an equitable institution where all students can feel comfortable, thrive, and experience academic success. Topics include the definition of race, history of systemic racism, how science and medicine are racialized, identity, identity threat, equity-based practices, intercultural competence and additional topics that may be timely or relevant to the group. Each participant will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and receive individual and group feedback from an IDI Qualified Administrator. Participants develop a project relevant to their professional practice in consultation with institute facilitators. The Institute is limited to 15 participants.
- Increase knowledge of anti-racist pedagogy, racial equity, one’s own identity, racialized practices in academia, inclusive pedagogical practices and pedagogical practices that promote equity
- Increase in participant comfort discussing issues pertaining to race and equity
- Increase in understanding of how to work within an institution to promote racial equity
- Participants develop a project relevant to their professional practice
Dates and Location: June 5 – June 30, 2023; All content sessions will be held via Zoom
Meeting Times for Synchronous Sessions will be 1-4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday each week. Two 15-minute breaks are scheduled at 2:00 and 3:15 PM each afternoon.
Cost of Attendance: $9,850 inclusive of all required books, reading materials, and institute memorabilia.
"Participating in the STEM Racial Equity Institute was a catalyzing moment for my inclusive teaching efforts. The immersive workshop was led by qualified and enthusiastic moderators. The institute’s structure and guidance allowed me to synthesize my passion into actionable items. It equipped me with the vocabulary and knowledge to understand the complex systemic structures that impact and hinder students’ learning. I came out of the institute with a skill set to improve my curriculum, and resources to improve my teaching methods. For example, a critical part of the institute is to develop a plan to implement new inclusive strategies inside and outside the classroom. By the end of the institute, I developed three focus areas for my inclusive teaching – centered around freshman teaching, project-based learning, and community building with peers. The resources offered were through the lens of student growth and learning, which made shaping my ideas into actionable items uncomplicated."
"I found the STEM Racial Equity Institute to be a transformative experience as an educator. This program was a supportive space that allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of my own identity and biases. I have adopted a number of inclusive and anti-racist practices and pedagogical changes in my courses as a result. I feel empowered after participating in this professional development opportunity to continue to educate myself and commit to the work of self-examination and anti-racist work!"
“I would like to thank the organizers that gave me the opportunity to participate in the racial equity institute during the summer of 2020. Reflecting, this was a period of great uncertainty in the World due to Covid-19. We all needed to go about and live our lives with the compounded fear of being infected from the virus and the media was broadcasting the racial inequities of the disease. Meanwhile George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. Nationwide protests due to Floyd’s death had refocused attention on racism and racial inequity. The racial equity institute gave me the scaffold to understand racism and its impact on my profession and my discipline. As a person who was not born and raised in the United States, I was introduced with sadness to concepts such as GI bill, redlining, urban renewal. I reflected on my identity that determines who am I, my beliefs, attitude and composure; and how it influenced the way I view students and their progress in my class. Am I better person? I can assure you that I always question my bias, teaching and testing strategies. Influenced by the class readings, I moved towards creating a sense of community and sharing power in the classroom that hopefully will lead to the ecology for students to thrive! It has been a wonderful learning journey and I would encourage everyone to attend.”