** Registration form closes June 7th **
2022 Virtual Summer Meeting Overview
Registration is now open for the 2022 SEISMIC Summer Meeting! This meeting is free to participate and will be held virtually to accommodate more participation. We hope you will join us June 13-17, 2022 for engaging discussions on a range of topics related to SEISMIC. We will have scheduled sessions 12-4 pm ET each day, with 4-5 pm ET held as open time for additional discussions, social meetups, and more. Block the time in your calendars now! Zoom invitations will be sent to registered participants during the week of June 6.
Several of the Summer Meeting sessions will be open to the public, with a few set aside for SEISMIC members. You do not need to be at a SEISMIC institution to register!
Tuesday, June 14th
12:00pm – 1:30pm ET
Book Discussion: “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom” by bell hooks
** Please get your copy of the book and read it before attending the book discussion
Thursday, June 16th
12:00pm – 1:30pm ET
Keynote Presentation: “Being Human in STEM: a course and nation-wide initiative to promote STEM inclusivity and equity”
Presented by members of the Being Human in STEM national network:
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Claudia De Grandi
Assistant Professor of Educational Practice, Physics & Astronomy Department
University of Utah
The idea of a course called Being Human in STEM (HSTEM) came from Amherst College students who approached chemistry professor Sheila Jaswal in response to Fall 2015 racial controversies across several American college campuses. The student protests brought to light a need for dialogue between students and faculty about inclusivity; this need was even more acute in STEM where often students perceive that their “identity should remain at the door.” Conversely, HSTEM asserts that students’ identities matter. The goal of the course is to create a space for dialogue between students, faculty and staff to investigate together the theme of diversity and climate within STEM, and to propose local interventions. Since 2016 the Being Human in STEM course has grown into an initiative that spans institutions from the Northeast to the West of the United States. In this talk, we will discuss the aspects of the course that constitute the critical HSTEM core, and other components that have evolved differently depending on the needs of the local STEM community. We will share successes and challenges of its implementation across different types of institutions, highlight its unique impact in promoting a culture of inclusivity among STEM students and instructors, and suggest how others can draw on our lessons and resources to integrate HSTEM practices in various formats.