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Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Department of Chemistry
January 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EST
A Faculty of Arts & Science Teaching and Learning Community of Practice
John De Backere, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Chemistry
Madeline Gerbig, Chemistry Librarian
Soha Ahmadi, Postdoctoral Fellow
In the Department of Chemistry, we have developed an asynchronous online Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) training course aimed towards our first-year chemistry students. This interactive training uses H5P modules embedded within Quercus and introduces undergraduate students to core EDI concepts and departmental/institutional resources. The project was a collaboration between three members of our departmental EDI Committee (a Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty Member, and Librarian) with support by our departmental Chemistry Teaching Fellowship Program (CTFP) and external consultations. The training course was first piloted in the Summer of 2022 with plans for further implementation. In our presentation we will share our approach and challenges in developing the resource, feedback from students, and discuss our future directions.
The Faculty of Arts & Science Teaching & Learning Community of Practice (CoP) was established in 2015 to create a collegial forum for faculty and instructors to meet and share teaching practices and strategies across fields and disciplines. This CoP is coordinated by Andrew Dicks (Professor, Teaching Stream and Associate Chair, Undergraduate, Department of Chemistry).