Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

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Diversity and Equity
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Fall 2022: A presentation was done at the 2022 Curriculum Institute on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Antiracism and STEM: Celebrating BIPOC Excellence in STEM. A presentation was done at the 2022 Strengthening Student Success.

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has published the paper “Building Equity Driven Systems” that calls for equity-minded practitioners;

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has multiple resolutions supporting the success of students in math; and

Whereas, Data and research [1] supports the effectiveness of equity-minded and culturally relevant practices in science, technology, engineering, and math, yet California community colleges data continues to show the opportunity gap in student success in STEM areas [2][3][4];

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges write a paper focused on optimizing student success through models of equity-minded teaching and learning practices in STEM online and traditional course modalities and present it to the body by the spring 2023 plenary session.


1. Hammond, Zaretta (2015). Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Corwin.
2. Johnson, K. M. S. (2019). Implementing inclusive practices in an active learning STEM classroom. Advances in Physiology Education, 43(2), 207–210.
3. Aronson, B., & Laughter, J. (2016). The theory and practice of culturally relevant education: A synthesis of research across content areas. Review of Educational Research, 86(1), 163– 206. https://doi.org/10.3102/0034654315582066
4. Nagthall, N.V. (2020). (Re)Imagining STEM Instruction: An Examination of Culturally Relevant Andragogical Practices to Eradicate STEM Inequities Among Racially Minoritized Students in Community Colleges (Publication No. 28154244) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Southern California]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing