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RCR Forum: Developing an Anti-Racist Graduate Curriculum for Scientists (GS715.03)

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

RCR Forum: Developing an Anti-Racist Graduate Curriculum for Scientists (GS715.03)

The Graduate School's 2021-2022 Race and Bias Conversations series continues with a discussion of anti-racist practices in graduate education, this time led by three current Duke PhD students. The event is open to all members of the Duke community, including alumni. In this event, you’ll hear about best practices for academic departments, including how graduate students in Duke’s Biology department developed a course called BIOLOGY 750S: Introduction to IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism) in Biology

As graduate-level researchers, part of our job is to understand our field and its evolution through time. Ignoring the historical context that has shaped our field of study leads to an incomplete education. To address this gap, graduate students in Duke’s Biology department developed a course called BIOLOGY 750S: Introduction to IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism) in Biology. Come learn about this unique coursework and what it’s meant for graduate students in Biology. In this workshop, you’ll also hear about best practices for academic departments interested in implementing similar coursework.

Read more about this innovative course.

 

Presenters

Danae Diaz is a second-year Ph.D. student in Biology at Duke studying animal signaling and communication, particularly in the context of cognitive ability, in the Nowicki Lab. 

Melodie Najarro is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Duke Biology department. Her dissertation work focuses on comparative genomics of Sphagnum peat moss communities and on making science communication accessible to broader, more diverse audiences. Melodie is co-advised by Dr. Jon Shaw and Dr. John Willis, and is receiving mentorship from Dr. Jory Weintraub for her science communication and outreach work.

Anita Simha is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the University Program in Ecology at Duke. They study the effects of past events on current species interactions in plant communities in Justin Wright’s lab. You can find them on Twitter.

Note that graduate students will receive RCR credit (GS715.01) for attendance of the entire event; attendance is recorded via Zoom logs. For RCR credit, verify that you are logged in to your Duke Zoom account for the event (and not logged in with another account such as Gmail.) You will receive the Zoom link upon registration. 

For more information, contact Hugh Crumley crumley@duke.edu.

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Location

Zoom

Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity
  • Teaching and Mentoring
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Race & Bias Conversations