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Wednesday, December 2 • 12:00pm - 12:20pm
The Humanizing Online STEM Academy: Fostering Inclusion and Equity through Faculty Development

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Despite successful efforts to increase Black and Latinx students entering STEM majors, they are still far more likely to switch out of STEM than their White and Asian peers. Research suggests that increasing kindness and affirmation cues in STEM courses improves the retention of minoritized students. We will introduce the Humanizing Online STEM Academy, a grant project funded by the California Education Learning Lab, aimed at eliminating equity gaps in undergraduate online STEM courses by scaling a 6-week online faculty development program across CA public higher education. Faculty and faculty developers will explore and apply eight humanized elements with culturally responsive teaching pedagogy aimed at shifting the culture in STEM.

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Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Faculty Mentor, Foothill DeAnza Community College District
Michelle's work has helped online instructors across the nation understand how to craft relevant, humanized online learning experiences that support the diverse needs of college students. In her current role as Faculty Mentor for the California Community Colleges CVC-OEI/@ONE, she... Read More →
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Mike Smedshammer

Distance Education Coordinator, Modesto Junior College
Mike Smedshammer is the Distance Education Coordinator at Modesto Junior College where he has certified over 300 faculty to teach online. He is an @ONE Course Facilitator, and a Lead Course Reviewer for California's Online Education Initiative, and 2020 recipient of the Purdy and... Read More →
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Kim Vincent-Layton

Educational Developer, HSU
Kim Vincent-Layton is an educational developer in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and a lecturer in the Department of Communication at Humboldt State University (HSU). Kim's scholarship and practice explore inclusive communities and belonging through the interplay of pedagogy... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2020 12:00pm - 12:20pm PST