To start the new academic year, during which the Faculty Diversity Office & Sounding Board will focus on several diversity & inclusion goals, this DJC@SP will discuss the article Anti-racist interventions to transform ecology, evolution and conservation biology departments.
|Date||23 September 2021|
Increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM is not a matter of some separate measures but requires a comprehensive approach, the authors of "Anti-racist interventions to transform ecology, evolution and conservation biology departments" argue. For the serious underrepresentation of diverse groups in STEM faculty is related to issues like the uncritical approach of racist and eugenetic elements in the histories of the life sciences and to neocolonial practices in earth sciences, for example. Hence, the authors distinguish measures towards "Laboratory cultural changes", "Course design changes" and "Departmental changes" and offer several more and less impactful proposals.
To start the new academic year, during which the Faculty Diversity Office & Sounding Board will focus on several diversity & inclusion goals, this DJC@SP will discuss this helpful article with participants also as a way to hear about their preferences. Faculty Diversity Officer and philosopher of science Machiel Keestra will kindle our exchange of ideas by drawing some connections to diversity & inclusion goals of our university and faculty.
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The Faculty of Science aims to be an inclusive community where every person, regardless of race, gender or cultural background, feels welcome and valued. In our policies we strive to stimulate the diversity in our Faculty community. With the input and contributions from the Diversity Sounding Board (consisting of ca. 25 staff and students of the faculty of Science), the Faculty Diversity Office organises activities and facilitates debate aimed at increasing awareness on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. The Diversity Journal Club @ SP is meant to have open dialogues about diversity and inclusion in the context of science in the broadest sense, like how these play out in research and education.