By intentionally incorporating social justice activities and conversations in your classroom, you afford your students opportunities to engage in authentic examinations of their world and to make positive changes. This spring, our Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) created models for introducing social justice issues into a variety of classes (introductory to upper-level STEM majors, non-STEM majors, and first-year experience). In this interactive workshop, our FMN members will discuss promises and pitfalls of design and integration for activities that they developed. Maximizing interactivity in smaller breakout groups, participants will be able to gain hands-on experience with some of the tools that can be used to explore social justice issues in STEM classrooms. Participants will also be encouraged to consider and provided guidance for adapting the presented tools and activities within their own communities. This workshop is one of two that use the historical practice of redlining as a gateway to discussing social justice issues in STEM courses. This first workshop introduces redlining in the context of Environmental Science, and a second complementary workshop is offered that focuses on redlining in the context of human health. Participants are encouraged to attend both workshops, as the two will discuss different tools and educational resources.
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Basham, T., Piechnik, D., Ansari-Yan, D., Boyer, M., Ekberg, M. C., Heard, M. J., Jones, A. C., Jones, S., Kovacs, J., Lannan, E., Marsteller, P., Mulcahy, M., Prescott, S., Santos, G. R., Vereen, E. (2021). Integrating Social Justice into your STEM Classroom: Redlining & Environmental Science. 2021 Biology and Mathematics Educators (BIOME) Institute, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/CZ5X-A141