Practical skills assignment
- Do a diversity audit for the syllabus of this class, This is a machine-readable bibliography of the main texts [TXT], and for a bibliography in a paper by you or from your lab. One option for code and instructions is here (you may need this template file [TEX] as well because it checks it against a manuscript) or another version is here.
- Suggest one replacement for an assigned reading or resource that would increase the diversity of authors in this class’s syllabus in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, geography, or institution, e.g. researchers working in the global south or at HBCUs (Historically black colleges and universities).
- Find a paper you could cite in your next paper, that is topically relevant and would increase the diversity of authors in your bibliography, by gender, race/ethnicity, geography, or institution.
- Read PANNING pdf, practice at least one of the ’engaging skills’ at the end of the pdf, in a meeting, class, or on Twitter etc. PANNING Excercise (PDF) on pp 3-4.
- Look into the DEI work that MIT and BCS are doing, by looking at the BCS DEIJ website, the School of Science website, the ICEO website, and/or the institutional research dashboard. Did you find anything surprising? Programs or resources you wish more people knew about? Anything that should be there but isn’t?
Useful Links and Resources
- Academics for Black Survival and Wellness
- A different tool for audits, the Google Chrome extension
- DEIJ offices can’t be effective if they aren’t empowered. Inside Higher Ed.
- Reject Injustice through Student Empowerment (RISE) is an MIT group whose mission is to fight racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice on our campus to guarantee the right to a safe working and educational environment free of harassment, discrimination, and abuse.
- Subbaraman, N. (2020). “How# BlackInTheIvory put a spotlight on racism in academia.” Nature, 582(7812), 327-328.
- Lantsoght, E. O., Tse Crepaldi, Y., Tavares, S. G., Leemans, K., & Paig-Tran, E. W. (2021). “Challenges and Opportunities for Academic Parents During COVID-19.” Frontiers in Psychology, 3353.