Dr. Shirley Malcom

STEM Speaker, December 2, 2014: Undergraduate STEM Education: Moving Diverse Populations from the Margins to the Center


Head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS


Take-Home Lessons
• Remember that, collectively, students who have historically been underrepresented in science (underrepresented minorities, women in many fields, students with disabilities, first generation students) are the MAJORITY of your student populations and therefore deserving of commensurate attention. Individually, they are one of a kind and we must find the strategies that work for each of them.
• Research based instruction is a necessary strategy that must be included, but it is not sufficient. We need to consider how to help students build STEM identities and find communities of learning and support.
• We need to let students in on the story lines (the narratives) of our fields, including through meeting people who use this in their work.
• Don't just think "STEM majors," but also "STEM fields."