Yale Astronomy Virtual Colloquium - Christine O’Donnell

Event time: 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 2:30pm
Christine O'Donnell
Speaker Institution: 
Arizona State University
Talk Title: 
Making Science Personal & Culturally Responsive: Strategies Towards Equity in Astronomy Education
Event description: 

In recent years, addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields, including astronomy, has received growing attention. For example, the recent AIP TEAM-UP report as well as white papers submitted to the Astro2020 Decadal Survey have all highlighted the lack of diversity and emphasized the need for equity, including within classroom environments. In this talk, I will discuss what it means to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into astronomy education and how that effort improves the teaching and learning of science content. I will share specific strategies and implementation examples for how instructors can embed equitable frameworks into their courses. By using inclusivity-driven guiding principles, we can sustain diverse points of view and empower students to connect course content with their personal lives and identities. Additionally, by centering critical reflection and fostering connections between students with their communities, we can guide students to becoming leaders and change agents within their communities, in the field of astronomy, and in society at large.