Online event, How Pervasive Is Implicit Bias in STEM? (CIRTLCast Series - Part 1 of 4)

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Date/Time:Monday, 01 Oct 2018 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Location:3019 Morrill Hall or View on your own register through CIRTL through link below
Channel:Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Categories:Diversity Training, development
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While the current bodies of literature on implicit bias are extensive, fewer studies focus on its scope in STEM teaching and learning. In the first session of this CIRTLCast series, invited speakers will discuss the prevalence of implicit bias in STEM, particularly in the context of higher education. We will define and discuss key terms, such as equity, oppression, privilege, and microaggressions.

Using Blackboard Collaborate, presenters will facilitate a discussion between speakers and participants based on their questions, comments, and experiences related to this issue. Guiding questions for this session include:

== Much of the research on implicit bias in STEM focuses on gender and racial bias. How does implicit bias in STEM impact non-traditional, international, and first-generation students?
== Implicit bias can manifest microaggressions (Harrison & Tanner, 2018). How do microaggressions impact STEM teaching and learning, and what are some strategies we can use to combat them?
== In what ways are implicit biases reflected in STEM higher education at the micro (e.g., peer-peer and instructor-student interactions) and macro levels (e.g., institutional policies, student admission, and faculty hiring/pay)?
== Forms of implicit bias in STEM include prove-it-again, the tightrope, the maternal wall, the tug-of war, and isolation (Williams, 2015). How do these biases impact STEM underrepresented students and faculty?

This CIRTLCast series will feature a short presentation of relevant publications, followed by a moderated discussion modeled after the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) learning community, and concluding with a synthesis of the information discussed. Participants will use handouts and resources during the session to identify practical applications of the concepts discussed.

Harrison, C. & Tanner, K. D. (2018). Language matters: Considering microaggressions in science. CBE - Life Sciences Education. doi: :10.1187/cbe.18-01-0011

Williams, J. C. (2015, March 24). The five biases pushing women out of STEM. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from

*About the CIRTLCast series: Addressing Implicit Bias in STEM*
This event is part of the four-part CIRTLCast series "Addressing Implicit Bias in STEM." Registration This drop-in, online event is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register in order to attend. Once you register, you will have access to the Blackboard Collaborate room where this online event will take place.

Each session will serve as a foundation for the following week's theme; therefore, participants are encouraged to attend all four online events either by viewing on your own or joining the CELT staff. Registration information for each part of the series may be found on the ISU Events Calendar website:

== Monday, October 1 (10:30-11:30 a.m.): How pervasive is implicit bias in STEM?
== Monday, October 8 (10:30-11:30 a.m.): How can we identify implicit biases in ourselves and others?
== Monday, October 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m.): How can we minimize implicit bias in our academic communities (e.g., courses, departments, schools)?
== Monday, October 29 (10:30-11:30 a.m.): How can we interrupt and mitigate implicit bias when we witness it?

CIRTL strives to be inclusive of anyone interested in participating in our activities. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at in advance so that we may make the necessary accommodations.

*There are two ways to participate in this online event CIRTLCast Series:*

*1: To view this online event on your own* Visit the How Pervasive Is Implicit Bias in STEM? (CIRTLCast Series - Part 1 of 4) website and register for each online event.


*2: Participate in the series along with CELT staff in 2015 Morrill Hall* Using your netid/password via the Learn@ISU website, email

celt (at) iastate (dot) edu
, or call 515-294-5357. Each event will be listed separately in the catalog.

*Questions about attending the CIRTL event?*
Visit CIRTL's How to Use Blackboard Collaborate web guide or email

*About CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning)*
ISU's membership in CIRTL is sponsored in a partnership between CELT and the Graduate College.

CIRTL's mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers. It was established with the intent of preparing future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty across the nation, to ultimately improve the STEM learning of all students, at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation. The three CIRTL core ideas are: Evidence-based Teaching, Learning Communities, and Learning-through-Diversity.

This event is promoted ISU's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Learn more via the CELT website.