STEM teaching professor advocating for contextual comprehension and scientific literacy in Biology and Non-Major Sciences.
Interested in incorporating a social-engagement and empathy-building syllabus into content-intensive courses.
Subject specialization in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and General Science Education.
Involved in primary biomedical research for 15 years prior to career in teaching.
My personal statement of inclusivity and diversity.
I am a Scientist and Educator of Color interested in teaching and promoting increased diversity in STEM through my courses and service work. This issue matters to me (here is a link to an antiracist-STEM reading list that I continue to curate and compile). I would love to have a discussion with you about these issues, please feel free to talk to me.
Increasing diversity in STEM increases the pace of discovery and advancement in the field. More importantly, increasing diversity in STEM is the right thing to do; it’s corrective of past and current injustices; it’s fundamentally about building a just and more equitable future. Every person deserves a chance to have a career and role in the field of their choosing.
Within the context of courses I teach, it is important that all students fundamentally have a reasonable chance to learn and succeed in the course. You (each student) come with different strengths and areas where you need improvement. My hope is that we will build a class culture where each of you feel confident enough to share your strengths and teach one another where appropriate. It is also important that you feel safe and have a sense of belonging in the community we will build together, such that you are can bravely share your vulnerabilities and learn to increase your knowledge. We bring who we are into this class, and we learn from one another, together.
I hope you will agree to this conscious, open mindset. I hope that you will join me in building this community.
If during the course of this semester, you face external or internal challenges and factors that affects your ability to succeed in the course, please tell me. I will try to help. Of course, you are also welcome to reach out via your dean or health professionals. Remember that we are here to help you succeed. Every one of us; every one of you.