Hello visitors and welcome to Being Human in STEM Version 2.0! A few of last semester’s students (Ashley, Ruth, and myself) have returned this year to continue our work under the guidance of Dr. Jaswal. After the success of sharing our interview project at Amherst Explorations, Yale DiversiTea, and a final CHI salon last year, we’re prepared to maintain our momentum by focusing it in a slightly different direction.
As Ruth, Ashley, Dr. J. and I brainstormed in early September about how to meaningfully carry our project forward, we thought back to the reactions of students, staff, and faculty who came to learn about our work. The questions and comments we received tended to center around one theme: What can I do differently?
Thus, for the Fall 2016 semester, we’ve decided to concentrate on forming a Diversity in STEM Tool-Kit specifically catered towards professors. Consisting of five modules, our product will aim to provide concrete, usable tools for working with students to understand and foster STEM inclusion.
As you may note from the lack of specifics, we’re still in the nascent phases of this project. We hope to acquire as much feedback as possible as our work progresses, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to offer input along the way - click on the ‘Share Your Story’ link or email one of us via our information on the ‘About Us’ page. Or, if you’d prefer to observe from afar, stay tuned to this blog for periodic updates on our progress.