LAK 23 Workshop: Analytics Revealing Systemic Inequities At Different Scales


Join us on Monday, March 13th, 2023 at 9am CST for a mini-symposium and tutorial on analyses of structural inequities!



Analytics applied to the student record, although limited for describing individual student learning and experiences, are effective in revealing institutional systemic inequities at different levels and in different spaces.

In this face-to-face session, we will discuss and share analytical tools developed by students, faculty, and staff engaged in the Measurement Working Group of the Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses (SEISMIC) Collaboration. We have been engaged in establishing metrics for measuring equity and inclusion in foundational STEM courses, conducting the measurements, and identifying actionable data to promote change.

In the course of this path of discovery, the group established theoretically informed guidelines for framing, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative data in support of equity goals in STEM. Building on this understanding, we have focused analyses on institutional structural inequities at different scales, revealing inequities in the students’ experience in their first STEM course, at the curriculum level, and at the course level.

The goal of this Mini-Symposium and Tutorial is to provide participants with these theoretical and practical tools first by presenting the methods and results of the studies and then by providing hands-on training, ultimately empowering participants to apply these analyses to their own institutions’ data.

Contact Stefano Fiorini ( and Becky Matz ( with questions. 









Integrating critical approaches into quantitative STEM equity work
Meaghan Pearson, PhD Candidate, Combined Program in Education and Psychology, University of Michigan

Exposing inequity: A multi-institutional analysis of systematic advantages in introductory STEM courses
Sarah Castle, PhD Candidate, Program for Mathematics Education, Michigan State University

Cross-institutional comparison of curricular pathways to reveal minoritizing structures
Stefano Fiorini, Manager, UITS Research & Analytics, Indiana University

Exploring the role of class and college composition on student performance in first-STEM classes
Angel Sylvester, PhD Candidate, AI/Robotics College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

A multi-institutional analysis of opportunity gaps amongst biology students across STEM courses revealing differential outcomes for undergraduate students across disciplines
Kameryn Denaro, Research Specialist, Postsecondary Education Research and Implementation Institute (PERI2), UC Irvine

Do equity gaps associated with identities that confer systemic advantages persist into upper-division biology?
Victoria Farrar, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, UC Davis


The Tutorial will provide participants with an overview of the data structures used for these analyses as well as a synthetic dataset for the application of the analytical methodologies presented during the Mini-Symposium. 



Organizers, Facilitators, and Speakers



Sarah Castle


Kameryn Denaro


Victoria Farrar


Stefano Fiorini


Becky Matz


Meaghan Pearson


Angel Sylvester


Nita Tarchinski


Montserrat Valdivia Medinaceli


Xin Tong




  • Castle, S. D., Byrd, W. C., Koester, B. P., Bonem, E. M., Caporale, N., Cwik, S., Denaro, K., Fiorini, S., Matz, R. L., Mead, C., Whitcomb, K. M., Singh, C., Levesque-Bristol, C., & McKay, T. A. (2021). Equity in the STEM Landscape: A Multi-institutional Approach to Mapping Systemic Advantages Within STEM Courses. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, April 9-12, virtual.
  • Pearson, M. I., Castle, S. D., Matz, R. L., Koester, B. P., & Byrd, W. C. (2022). Integrating Critical Approaches into Quantitative STEM Equity Work. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 21(1), es1.