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DEJAI Personal Learning Resources

Personal learning resources, organized by time length

DEJAI Personal Learning Resources

Personal learning resources, organized by time length

Diversity, Inclusion and Community-Building Checklist

10 - 15 minutes

A checklist of ways to increase diversity and community building in mathematics departments, developed by Rosalie Bélanger-Rioux, Faculty Lecturer, Mathematics and Statistics Department McGill University.

Harvard Implicit Association Test

15 - 30 minutes

From the website: The IAT measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad) or stereotypes (e.g., athletic, clumsy). The main idea is that making a response is easier when closely related items share the same response key.

Why We Need to Rehumanize Mathematics

6 pages

An article written by Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez, a professor of education at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. The article calls for educators to stop working towards the "goal" of equity, in favor of the on-going process of rehumanizing mathematics. She describes eight dimensions of rehumanizing mathematics for students: (1) participation/positioning, (2) cultures/histories, (3) windows/mirrors, (4) living practice, (5) creation, (6) broadening mathematics, (7) body/emotion, and (8) ownership.

The Black Heroes of Mathematics

49 minutes

From the website: In this Public Lecture, Dr. Nira Chamberlain looks at the Black Heroes of Mathematics. The 2017 film, Hidden Figures, is based on the true story of a group of black female mathematicians that served as the brains behind calculating the momentous launch of the NASA astronaut John Glenn into orbit. However, these mathematicians of colour are not the only ‘Hidden Figures’. Nira will discuss other inspirational men and women who overcame obstacles to prove that ‘mathematics is truly for everybody!

Picture a Scientist

1.5 hours

PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field sites, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. (Streamable through OSU Library)

Building Gender Equity in the Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change

272 pages

From Johns Hopkins University Press, In Building Gender Equity in the Academy, Sandra Laursen and Ann E. Austin offer a concrete, data-driven approach to creating institutions that foster gender equity. Focusing on STEM fields, where gender equity is most lacking, Laursen and Austin begin by outlining the need for a systemic approach to gender equity... Laursen and Austin also discuss how to bring these strategies together to create systemic change initiatives appropriate for specific institutional contexts. Drawing on three illustrative case studies—at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison—they explain how real institutions can strategically combine several equity-driven approaches, thereby leveraging their individual strengths to make change efforts comprehensive. Grounded in scholarship but written for busy institutional leaders, Building Gender Equity in the Academy is a handbook of actionable strategies for faculty and administrators working to improve the inclusion and visibility of women and others who are marginalized in the sciences and in academe more broadly. Print book available through OSU library.

Equity in Science: Representation, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change in Graduate Education

240 pages

From Stanford University Press, STEM disciplines are believed to be founded on the idea of meritocracy; recognition earned by the value of the data, which is objective. Such disciplinary cultures resist concerns about implicit or structural biases, and yet, year after year, scientists observe persistent gender and racial inequalities in their labs, departments, and programs. In Equity in Science, Julie Posselt makes the case that understanding how field-specific cultures develop is a crucial step for bringing about real change. She does this by examining existing equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts across astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, and psychology. These ethnographic case studies reveal the subtle ways that exclusion and power operate in scientific organizations and, sometimes, within change efforts themselves. Posselt argues that accelerating the movement for inclusion in science requires more effective collaboration across boundaries that typically separate people and scholars—across the social and natural sciences, across the faculty-student-administrator roles, and across race, gender, and other social identities. Ultimately this book is a call for academia to place equal value on expertise, and on those who do the work of cultural translation. Posselt closes with targeted recommendations for individuals, departments, and disciplinary societies for creating systemic, sustainable change. E-book available through OSU library.

Black Minds Matter

25 hours

From the website: Black Minds Matter is a public series that is designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black students in education. The series intentionally addresses the pervasive undervaluing and criminalization of Black minds. Tangible solutions for promoting the learning, development, and success of Black students are offered.

Zala Films

Multiple hours

Zala Films has a number of documentaries about mathematics available for purchase. Among these include Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani, Erdős 100 Plus, and Navajo Math Circles.