Session Co-Chair: Nicolle Gatto, Pfizer Inc.
Session Co-Chair: Ulka Campbell, Pfizer Inc.
Increased interactions with diverse peers enhance students’ educational experiences and bring measurable improvements in learning outcomes for all. Diversity also contributes to the scientific rigor of our scholarship and are necessary for the longevity and robustness of our discipline. Positive classroom climates and teaching practices have been shown to improve persistence and academic and emotional development among diverse students. As instructors, we have a responsibility to level the playing field, so that every student has an equal opportunity to master the learning objectives in our courses.
Building on the wealth of scholarship produced by our colleagues in the social sciences this half-day workshop will employ an active learning approach to developing inclusive classrooms and curricula in Epidemiology (e.g. lectures followed by small group discussions and revising existing syllabi). The following domains are key to the infusion of inclusivity in our courses 1) minding the privilege gap between our students and ourselves when developing our courses, 2) acknowledging and confronting implicit biases, and 3) mitigating stereotype threat in our classrooms.
Specific topics include:
1. Defining diversity and inclusion at your institution
2. Understanding the importance of an inclusive curricula to the field of epidemiology
3. Recognizing and respond to macroaggressions
4. Defining inclusive teaching – this will include an exercise that allows participants to transform an existing syllabus and course into a more inclusive classroom
The workshop will feature faculty from different institutions serving as presenters and facilitators and has been developed in conjunction with the SER Diversity and Inclusion committee.