ATTRACTING, SUPPORTING, AND PREPARING BIPOC STUDENTS FOR EARLY SUCCESS IN GEOSCIENCE: POLICIES, CURRICULAR MATERIALS, AND OTHER RESOURCES FROM THE 2YC URGE POD
Our pod’s focus was on how faculty can support BIPOC students in the first two years of college, particularly in introductory-level geoscience classrooms. We developed a resource document detailing strategies for making connections to BIPOC students’ interests, commitment, and ability to persist in STEM fields. Our document includes suggestions and resources for both the institutional level as well as the classroom, with sections on institutional admissions, hiring questions, student concerns about bias, inclusive pronouns and language, land acknowledgements, and recommendations to improve the course syllabi and classroom practices. These examples range from scientist spotlight exercises to assignments focusing on the disproportionate and inequitable impacts from climate change and flooding. We illustrate how we use data to measure inequities in enrollments and course success rates, and continue with suggested practices for advancing BIPOC students through effective mentoring and advising.
The 2YC URGE pod continues to advance anti-racist strategies and policies, creating change within our classrooms and institutional structures, with intention, accountability, and inclusivity. Our resources can be accessed at http://bit.ly/2YCURGE and on the NAGT Geo2YC Division website. It includes links to recommended readings and materials on the SERC website and in the NAGT Teach the Earth portal. Examples of how individual pod members have utilized items from our resource document during the 2021 fall semester will be included in this presentation.