This summer, we invite you to join us for a whole set of SEISMIC activities. These activities are designed to draw our community together around topics of interest that span our institutions, Working Groups, roles, and engagement styles. We will be updating this webpage throughout the summer to keep you updated on our activities. The 2021 Summer of SEISMIC will run from May 3 through August 20. 


  • Panel on Promoting Justice (5/11/21)
  • Reading groups for 5 different books (sign up here!)
  • Weekly podcasts
  • SEISMIC Scholars (showcase date TBA)
  • Measurement Working Group Fellowship
  • Summer Meeting (6/15 – 6/17/21)
  • Additional presentations, workshops, and discussions

Panel: “Building Structural Equity: National Networks’ Role in Promoting Justice”

Tuesday, May 11, 3:00- 4:30pm EDT

Register here: https://ascnhighered.org/ASCN/structural_equity/registration.html

Registration Deadline: May 9, 11:59 pm ET. 

You will receive a Zoom link, calendar invite, and more details before the event. Please watch your email in the coming weeks.

We are excited to announce we are co-hosting a panel this May with the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) on “Building Structural Equity: National Networks’ Role in Promoting Justice.” The purpose of this panel is to provide an opportunity for SEISMIC and ASCN members, particularly those in leadership roles, to learn from other national networks about how organizations themselves can promote justice. Panelists will be discussing, “What is the role of national organizations like ours in promoting equity and justice in higher education?”

We will be joined by Dr. Shirley Malcom from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change as well as Dr. Stanley Lo from the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER). We are in the process of finalizing additional panelists. Following the panel discussion, we will organize various working sessions for SEISMIC and ASCN to incorporate the knowledge gained into the work of our respective organizations. More information, including registration details, will be posted on our webpage linked above.

2021 SEISMIC Summer Book List 

Sign up for Reading Groups!

Registration deadline: April 16, 2021

1. Black, Brown, and Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation

By Ebony Omotola McGee

208 pages




Drawing on narratives from hundreds of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous individuals, Ebony Omotola McGee examines the experiences of underrepresented racially minoritized students and faculty members who have succeeded in STEM. Based on this extensive research, McGee advocates for structural and institutional changes to address racial discrimination, stereotyping, and hostile environments in an effort to make the field more inclusive.


2. Data Feminism

By Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein

328 pages





A new way of thinking about data science and data ethics that is informed by the ideas of intersectional feminism. Today, data science is a form of power. It has been used to expose injustice, improve health outcomes, and topple governments. But it has also been used to discriminate, police, and surveil. This potential for good, on the one hand, and harm, on the other, makes it essential to ask: Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind? The narratives around big data and data science are overwhelmingly white, male, and techno-heroic. In Data Feminism, Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein present a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics—one that is informed by intersectional feminist thought. Data Feminism offers strategies for data scientists seeking to learn how feminism can help them work toward justice, and for feminists who want to focus their efforts on the growing field of data science. But Data Feminism is about much more than gender. It is about power, about who has it and who doesn’t, and about how those differentials of power can be challenged and changed.


3.The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

336 pages






From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos — and a call for a more just practice of science. In The Disordered Cosmos, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter — all with a new spin informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek. One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than one hundred Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly non-traditional, and grounded in Black feminist traditions. Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, sexism, and other dehumanizing systems. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society that begins with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky. The Disordered Cosmos dreams into existence a world that allows everyone to experience and understand the wonders of the universe.



4. Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues (1st edition)

By Sandra Harding

224 pages






In Science and Social Inequality, Sandra Harding makes the provocative argument that the philosophy and practices of today’s Western science, contrary to its Enlightenment mission, work to insure that more science will only worsen existing gaps between the best and worst off around the world. She defends this claim by exposing the ways that hierarchical social formations in modern Western sciences encode antidemocratic principles and practices, particularly in terms of their services to militarism, the impoverishment and alienation of labor, Western expansion, and environmental destruction. The essays in this collection–drawing on feminist, multicultural, and postcolonial studies–propose ways to reconceptualize the sciences in the global social order. At issue here are not only social justice and environmental issues but also the accuracy and comprehensiveness of our understandings of natural and social worlds. The inadvertent complicity of the sciences with antidemocratic projects obscures natural and social realities and thus blocks the growth of scientific knowledge. Scientists, policy makers, social justice movements and the consumers of scientific products (that is, the rest of us) can work together and separately to improve this situation.


5.Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) 

Edited by Susan D. Blum

272 pages





The moment is right for critical reflection on what has been assumed to be a core part of schooling. In Ungrading, fifteen educators write about their diverse experiences going gradeless. Some contributors are new to the practice and some have been engaging in it for decades. Some are in humanities and social sciences, some in STEM fields. Some are in higher education, but some are the K–12 pioneers who led the way. Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative.