The Faculty Role in Creating Inclusive STEM Environments

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Susan Keenan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College Structures & Student Affairs
University of Northern Colorado
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Marisa Chrysochoou, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Connecticut

What does a faculty model for developing cultural competency look like and how do we put it into practice? In this workshop, speakers discuss various components of making courses more inclusive through faculty DEI training and through redesigning courses to consider neurodiversity. First, Dr. Susan Keenan walks through the Inclusive Excellence Teacher-Scholar Workshop (IETSW), examining why faculty cultural competency is a central element of their professional development model, and explore activities around developing inclusive classroom practices. Next, participants will build off what they’ve learned as Dr. Marisa Chrysochoou empowers us to enhance the inclusivity of STEM learning environments by adopting a strengths-based approach toward neurodiversity through the incorporation of inclusive assessment strategies that acknowledge the unique strengths and abilities of neurodivergent students.