March 21, 2017
Understanding social identity, intersectionality, and cultural capital as models towards equity in STEM
Benny Chan (Department of Chemistry) & Sudhir Nayak (Department of Biology) The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ will present a talk, "Understanding social identity, intersectionality, and cultural capital as models towards equity in STEM." In order for our country to compete in the global economy, the US will need more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors. Most of the previous efforts have focused on increasing the pipeline for STEM majors but only small gains were realized. In addition, the numbers of women and racial minority graduates have had little to no increases. By using social science and intersectionality, concepts that STEM professionals receive little to no training in, we can begin to understand the cultural and structural barriers that have created achievement gaps. We will present some of the current findings at The College of New Jersey and the guiding social science theories we are using to move towards equity. Join us for interdisciplinary pizza!