Announcing our second Spring 2022 Learning Community: Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms

Summary: Join us for a new, 5-session, Learning Community on "Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms." We will explore the need and successful strategies for students and instructors to discuss scholarship about marginalization within STEM courses. The learning community will meet from April 6 - May 31 on Zoom. Register here:


Please join us for a 5-session Learning Community series led by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury and Dr. Desiree Forsythe in which participants will engage in discussions, short readings and mini-workshops to explore difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms.

Instructors engaging students in diverse STEM content should possess the language and tools to enact difficult dialogues. It is critical for these instructors to be intellectually and emotionally ready to enact that facilitation. Put differently, it is simply not enough to provide instructors with diversified STEM course materials, it is also important for the instructors themselves to be comfortable with the scholarship pertaining to marginalization as it provides the appropriate framing and contextualization for those materials. In this learning community, we explore the basis of, and need for, dialogic approaches and, using STEM content, demonstrate ways in which students and instructors can experience formative examples of equity-minded discourse and practice.

Please see the dates, times, and topics for the Learning Community below:

  •     April 6th 3:00 - 4:30 PM (EST): Introduction to Power and Privilege
  •     April 18th - 1:30 - 3:00 PM (EST): Difficult Dialogues
  •     May 4th - 2:30 - 4:00 PM (EST): Sex and Gender
  •     May 16th - 12:00 - 1:30 PM (EST): Setting the Environment in the Classroom
  •     May 31st - 2:30 - 4:00 PM (EST): Deliverable Session

Please complete the short registration form:

More details can be found on our Learning Community page:

For questions about logistics, contact Kaitlin Bonner ( who is the RIOS support member for this project.

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