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"EDI: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion" 3 posts Sort by created date Sort by defined ordering View as a grid View as a list

Project Biodiversify: Inclusive teaching materials and methods in biology

Project Biodiversify is a repository of teaching materials and methods

aimed at enhancing human diversity and inclusivity in biology courses.

 

People – including students and biologists – exhibit a diverse set of backgrounds and identities. However, most biology students are not exposed to a diversity of role models in the field of biology, and many students are taught about biology in a way that (often unintentionally) does not feel inclusive to them or their communities.

Project Biodiversify is here to help! We are an online space that promotes the humanization, diversification, and inclusivity of biology classrooms.

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Resources from The Promise and Practice of Inclusive Pedagogy by Bryan Dewsbury

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Webinar: Digital Collections as a Tool for Increasing Diversity in our Community

Summary: Increasing user diversity is a key component of maintaining and expanding digital collections. Diverse users are more engaged, and engage in ways that are both novel and serendipitous - often creating uses for our data that the curators couldn't imagine. However, increasing our user base can also serve another goal - providing an entrance ramp for people who maintain views, locations, and life histories that are underrepresented in our ranks. Here my colleagues and I demonstrate how digital collections can help lower barriers to participation across multiple axes, including cost, location and disability status. Our goal in highlighting this is to show the broader impacts of our work, and how through helping people understand biological diversity we can help improve the diversity within our own community.

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Adam Drew from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, at Columbia University.

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