Food for Thought: Why and how to integrate social justice and STEM in course content, assignments, and curriculum

Thursday, April 04, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Floor/Room #: 
Room 105

In this workshop, Donna Riley, chemical engineer and Head of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, will discuss the value of integrating social justice and STEM in course content (assignments, projects) for our students, the communities we work with, and STEM disciplines. STEM fields often hold themselves out as being objective and depoliticized, holding a `view from nowhere.’ Yet many of the most pressing issues of our time are ones in which both STEM and questions of social justice are inextricably linked. What would it mean to integrate social justice content and pedagogies with STEM topic areas? What curricular and pedagogical transformations are required? What new ways of knowing and being would we engage? What would we hope for in terms of student learning and practice? This hands-on workshop will explore curricular and pedagogical opportunities for bringing STEM and social justice together in classrooms of any discipline.  We will brainstorm what socially just STEM might entail, imagine what cross-disciplinary educational preparation would be required, and share specific ideas for curricular change to support students’ learning how to bring social justice and STEM together. She will also discuss how to develop assignments, projects, and content to help participants to develop their own materials. Faculty, staff, and students from WPI are welcome. Members from the broader Worcester community are also welcome. Lunch will be served. Please register so we can plan to have enough food for all. But, those who don’t register ahead of time and still welcome to come!

Registration Deadline:
Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 pm
Rachel Roy
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