Grinnell College will host a national conference June 19-20 that seeks innovative ways to train faculty and to develop creative approaches that foster diversity and inclusion in the sciences.
The conference includes four free, public keynote talks in Noyce Science Center, Room 2022:
- Friday, June 19
- 9-10 a.m.
Denise Sekaquaptewa, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan
Social Psychological Research on Factors Shaping the Climate for Diversity in STEM
- 2-3 p.m.
Nilanjana Dasgupta, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Thriving Despite Negative Stereotypes: How Own-Group Experts and Peers Act as Social Vaccines to Protect Against Implicit Bias
- Saturday, June 20
- 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Becky Wai-Ling Packard, professor of psychology and director of the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College
From Microaggressions to Microaffirmations: Framing Constructive Feedback to Students
- 2-3 p.m.
Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago
Anxiety, Attitudes and Motivation: Helping Students Perform their Best under Stress
About the Conference
Grinnell College will welcome faculty and staff members involved in teaching and learning at the 15 member institutions of the Liberal Arts College Association for Faculty Inclusion (LACAFI). These schools share similar challenges in addressing diversity concerns yet have similar goals in these areas and similar resources for meeting them.
“The goal of our conference is to empower educators to initiate diversity and inclusion efforts on their campuses," said Mark Levandoski, co-chair of LACAFI and professor of chemistry.
The conference also will include sessions on stereotype threat and implicit bias as well as successes and failures. Small-group discussions will enable different colleges to share best practices. In addition, institutional teams will work to develop their diversity and inclusion action plans.
Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Accommodation requests may be made to conference operations.