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RIOS Learning Community - Spring 2022:


Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms

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Please join 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 meetings (on Zoom) 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
Registration for this Learning Community has closed.


For questions about logistics: Kaitlin Bonner (kbonner@sjfc.edu) - RIOS support


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