In support of the geoscience community’s attentiveness to developing a more inclusive culture that is resistant to harassment and discrimination, a collaborative effort to develop an anti-harassment curriculum, designed specifically for geoscience Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites, is underway. The curriculum engages students in the topic by exploring data collected as part of a relevant research project to illustrate that discrimination was not just a theoretical thing. Next, students' prior knowledge on the the topic is assessed through a game of pictionary. Concepts introduced during pictionary are then explored in more depth through group discussion to clarify and refine terminology accepting ideas from all participants but steering final revisions towards generally accepted vocabulary and to distinguish between behavior that is harassing or discriminating and non-harassing or discriminating behavior. Students then reflect on their learning while considering why an inclusive culture that is resistant to harassment and discrimination matters and identifies what their role is in its development. Finally, students apply their learning by either exploring several case studies (short version) or developing their own case studies (long version).
Audience: Undergraduate students participating in a science, technology, engineering, or math summer research opportunity.
Total Time = 105 - 135 minutes
Following instruction, participants will be able to:
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Status: Version 0.2 of the curriculum has undergone initial pilot testing in summer 2018. Initial feedback from participants suggest that the curriculum is impactful. For example, “It was good to learn the process of reporting harassment. I have never had a policy likes this explained to me in a place of work and there have been a few instances (in the past) where I wish I had known about a policy.” In 2019, we plan to develop two new lessons on by-stander interventions and macroaggressions and further investigate the impact of the curriculum on participants' behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge.
Use and Feedback Encouraged: This curriculum has been developed for use by those who facilitate undergraduate research opportunities, whether through NSF's REU site program, or not. We view the curriculum as a community resource. Thus, we encourage others to use the resource and welcome contributions and feedback! To coordinate versions, please send contributions and feedback to Michael Hubenthal at email@example.com.
Michael Hubenthal - IRIS Consortium
Daphne Ladue - University of Oklahoma
Martin Snow - University of Colorado, Boulder