February 20, 2024

Wayne State Hosts Conversation Series around ADEI in STEMM higher education

Wayne State University is planning an engaging series of conversations centered around antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) higher education and workforce. A group from the University Library System, in collaboration with other campus partners will host a two-part event exploring findings from a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report titled “Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations: Beyond Broadening Participation.”

The first session will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Purdy/Kresge Library Simons Room or online and will introduce the report, its goals and key recommendations. Attendees can expect an interactive escape room experience that will challenge current understandings of equity-related concepts. The second session will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the Simons Room or online and will delve into the report’s guidance on building diverse and inclusive work teams in STEMM organizations. Participants will practice deep listening and honoring different perspectives that are critical to team success.

“Wayne State community members looking for data-supported strategies for increasing equity in STEM disciplines will find concrete suggestions in the National Academies report,” said Joshua Neds-Fox, member of the planning team and Wayne State librarian. “As Wayne State undertakes its semi-annual climate study, this is an excellent time to learn how to move from intention to action in making our university an inclusive and accessible place to teach, learn, and conduct research.”

The report, to which former Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson contributed, identifies systemic barriers and provides recommendations on improving policies and practices that have historically disadvantaged minoritized groups. The libraries have made an e-copy available here go.wayne.edu/adeistemm. Attendees who RSVP will have a chance to win a physical copy of the book.

Prior familiarity with the report is not required as the sessions aim to encourage learning, growth and information sharing around the important work of advancing antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion.

For more information or to RSVP for the events, visit events.wayne.edu/lib.

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