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Educating for a Diverse and Inclusive Community in Botany

Poston, Muriel [1], SAKAI, ANN K [2], MONFILS, ANNA K [3].

The Future of Botany: Educating for a Diverse and Inclusive Community in Botany.

Changing demographics and a highly diverse millennial workforce, combined with an increased need for training, expertise and innovation to address critical issues of national and global importance, drive the question of how we can effectively recruit, retain and support a diverse and inclusive next generation of botanists. Although there are many programs, few studies exist on whether these interventions to broaden the participation in STEM fields work or even focus on the students who are most in need. The goal of this symposium is to present research studies on some of these activities, with data on their efficacy and identification of the gaps that remain in our understanding. Speakers will address the goal of diversifying those who succeed in science from different perspectives, including a study of student outcomes for an intervention within the plant sciences, how understanding the advantages and disadvantages of group membership can improve the ability to reach diverse student populations, and the importance of tribal colleges in diversifying knowledge and practitioners within the botanical sciences. Discussion and input from the audience will be encouraged.

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1 - Pitzer College, Environmental Analysis, 1050 N Mills Ave, Claremont, CA, 91711, United States
2 - Univ. California, Irvine, Dept Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 321 Steinhaus Hall, Irvine, CA, 92697, United States
3 - Central Michigan University, Biology, 2401 Biosciences, Mount Pleasant, MI, 48859, United States

broadening participation
human diversity
educational interventions.

Presentation Type:
Session: SS1, The Future of Botany: Educating for a Diverse and Inclusive Community in Botany
Location: Tucson C/Starr Pass
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: SS1001
Abstract ID:29
Candidate for Awards:None

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