Tag: Systemic Racism

Systems hardwired with bias or lack of access. Presumed standards or policies that exclude or function differently for different individuals or those with specific characteristics.

Juneteenth Tweet Summary

1. In honor of our country’s newest national holiday, Juneteenth, ADVANCE at Michigan Tech will be sharing a new resource each hour (approximately) on Black culture and systemic racism in academia. The complete list will be posted on our blog ADVANCE Newsblog – MTU Blog site for the ADVANCE initiative

2. The BARC (Building an Anti-Racist Classroom) Collective has a Suggested Reading List (https://barcworkshop.org/resources/recommended-reading/…) featuring classics and contemporary work on racism, anti-racism, and decolonizing the academy. Also foster Principled Space in classrooms.

Principled Space

The BARC collective begins each session with a ground-clearing practice that sets a levelled foundation upon which to build our work and relations in the workshop space. Artist and activist Hanalei…


3. See past @AWIS program with Dr. Malika Grayson, author of Hooded: A Black Girl’s Guide to the Ph.D., for a conversation about surviving and thriving in STEM despite experiencing Imposter Syndrome and other challenges.

Whats Next Webinars – AWIS


4. Experiences in science are varied. For a perspective that will change the way you think, read Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s (54th Black American woman Ph.D. in physics) (http://cprescodweinstein.com/my-origin-story) book, The Disordered Cosmos (https://boldtypebooks.com/titles/chanda-prescod-weinstein/the-disordered-cosmos/9781541724709/… ). #DisorderedCosmos

The Disordered Cosmos

From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos — and a call for a more just practice of science. In The…


5. A community group is reading the book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” by Heather McGhee. Author interview podcast on NPR helps summarize discriminatory laws and practices that negatively impact society.

‘Sum Of Us’ Examines The Hidden Cost Of Racism — For Everyone

Author Heather McGhee draws on a wealth of economic data to make the case that discriminatory laws and practices that target African Americans also negatively impact society at large.


5. Sabrina Nawaz’s in Forbes: “Commit To Inclusion: Establish Anti-Racist Team Norms” 95% of senior managers are white and establish comfy – to them – team norms. Alternatives enable understanding of BIPOC faculty experiences to better position for success

Commit To Inclusion: Establish Anti-Racist Team Norms

If you are looking to get the most out of a diverse team, don’t go it alone. Enlist the help of your team to create inclusive norms that allow everyone to make an ordinary day yield extraordinary…


6. POCSquared offers a blog and podcast dedicated to “putting people of color into the equation” in STEM fields.

Putting People of Colour Into The Equation


7. Great read to learn and understand the difficulties Black scientists continue to face when seeking funding for their research. #fundblackscientist @Lola_UMich @kellystevenslab @KristynMasters @dr_princess @drkahaynes

8. Concluding tribute to our newest national holiday, Juneteenth. Let’s support communities & elevate excellence of Black scientist @BlkInEngineering @BlackInBME @BlackInChem @BlackInBiophys @BlackInRobotics @BlackInCardio @BlkInComputing @BlackInCancer @BlackinNanotech @BlackInMath

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Programs to Diversify Role Models in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine)

An engineer friend once told my wife that my daughter, who was considering majors in college, was not the right type to be an engineer. Too often, we develop preconceived ideas of what a scientist, engineer, or artist is expected to look like. We use such stereotypes to simplify the complex world around us. This practice becomes harmful when it projects narrow preconceived expectations on others. Teachers and professors who consciously or unconsciously expect different competencies from different genders or races not only constrain their own ability to think creatively and originally in the classroom but they do real harm to the ambitions of students.

Today’s Weekly Roundup focuses on two articles from Science that describe programs that work to widen our expectations and images of what a professional in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) looks like. And for my engineering friend and the record, my daughter earned a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan and is in the last year of her PhD in computer science at MIT.  

The first article, “Women innovators become STEM ambassadors for girls,” describes an AAAS program called IF/THEN. It focuses on ambassadors who are selected to become high-profile role models for middle-school girls. One goal is to break down narrow exclusionary ideas of what a scientist or engineer looks like and does. When we show that engineers can be dancers and artists and that scientists can be poets and athletes, we allow young people to see greater opportunity for themselves in STEMM.

The second article describes the contributions of Shirley Malcom who has led the Sea (STEMM Equity Achievement) Change Program, which is supported by AAAS and helps academic institutions identify how they can better serve diverse students and faculty. Sea Change grew out of the 2005 Athena SWAN Charter which was developed to promote greater participation of women in science in the United Kingdom. Malcom adapted and broadened this program to include other underrepresented groups.

Today’s feature was shared with us by David Flaspohler. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.

A&A Session for Chairs/Unit Leaders

During Academic Forum on Wednesday, it was mentioned that the ombudsperson talks to ~2 faculty per week.  This rate is consistent with results from Michigan Tech’s Work, Live, Learn Survey which found that 31.6% of women disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that they felt supported and mentored during the tenure-track years or the 22.4% who don’t feel valued by their department chair/school dean.  I know each of you care about your faculty so these findings are disturbing.  

Crafting positive climates so that everyone is valued and feels part of a supportive team relies upon broad engagement of all faculty in a unit and the chair can help influence this.  That is why ADVANCE has adapted the Advocates & Allies program to offer a learning environment led by peers.  As a Department Chair, have you been concerned about your unit’s community and cohesiveness over the last year?  Have you wondered about interactions between your faculty in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion? or related to the University Senate’s Proposal 41-21?  

Research has revealed that retention of faculty is closely coupled with how included individuals feel and that attracting new faculty is closely coupled with how well systems ensure equity is embraced within a unit.  Our diversity counts illustrate that Michigan Tech is one of the least diverse campuses in the nation (second resource here).  All of this can be intimidating, but the NSF ADVANCE effort on campus would like to help with a one-hour educational session from the Advocates & Allies (A&A) program.   A&A sessions provide the data and research, starting from the beginning, that enables individuals to gain perspectives and help them become allies for the success and inclusion of non-majority individuals. 

THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED. Through a department chairs only session, we’d like you to preview this program and consider inviting us to present to your department.  This session will be presented by our Advocates Team in coordination with the ADVANCE Academy for Responsive Leadership.  Please RSVP  and join us on Wednesday, March 31st from 4 to 5.

THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED. When: Mar 31, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting:https://michigantech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvdumqqj8jEtKTYYe0ArOPrzgqPUpuUOuE  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

June 8, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Special Edition

If you have been following the news recently, you have probably heard the term systemic racism. Maybe you already know what systemic racism is and if that’s the case then we hope that you’re using your knowledge to help educate those around you and actively support changes to the system. But if you’re not quite sure what systemic racism is or maybe you aren’t quite convinced it’s real, we’d like to offer some compelling arguments for your consideration. In place of our usual article, this week we would like to share a few short videos. Each of these videos explains how systemic racism works and provides examples of how and where you can observe it in everyday life. We hope that you’ll take the time to watch these videos, think critically, and act to end systemic racism in America.


The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance)