Inclusive Teaching Resources for STEM Courses – Inclusive Teaching

Resources for STEM Courses

STEM Courses Overview

STEM classrooms are often overlooked in the area of inclusive education. According to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, “Women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minority groups—blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and American Indians or Alaska Natives—are underrepresented in science and engineering (S&E).” Furthermore, a 2010 study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA found in a national sample of 2004 college freshman that 33% of White students completed their bachelor’s degree in STEM within five years compared to 22% of Latino students and 18% of Black students. Yet, while there needs to be a focus on underrepresented groups in STEM, inclusive pedagogy encapsulates all students in the classroom. This journal article outlines the critical need for STEM professors to learn about and implement inclusive teaching practices in their STEM classroom, stating that inclusive pedagogy, “should not solely focus on deficits of the disenfranchised, but also on opportunities for students to learn and grow from the diverse authentic experiences of their peers.” Providing students opportunities to develop relationships in your STEM course can cultivate a sense of community which can lead to positive academic outcomes.

Although representation and graduation rates continue to be a challenge for underrepresented groups in STEM, there are techniques that can be added to any STEM classroom to improve the experience of all students and increase the inclusivity of the course. Introducing the class to a diverse body of experts in the field who are women or people of color can go far to improve the experience of the course. You will also find a section devoted to STEM Education on the Recommended Readings page.

On this page, you will find resource and activity guides that will assist you in learning more about inclusion in STEM and provide you with activities that actively promote inclusion in your STEM classroom. At the bottom of the page, you will find links to organizations that are working to improve inclusivity in the STEM field.

How to use these Resources:

The following resources have been curated specifically for STEM courses. The Resource Guides provide materials, readings, and strategies to further one’s knowledge and practice regarding inclusivity in STEM courses. The Activity Guides provide in-class activities that can be used to build inclusivity in the classroom. These resource and activity guides are but a few of the many you can find on this website. If you are interested in additional resource and activity guides, you can find our resource guide catalogue on the Planning Page and our activity guide catalogue on the Activities Page.

Within each resource and activity guide, you will find:

  • An Overview, providing further context about the guide and its relation to inclusive classrooms
  • The goals associated with the resource or activity
  • For activity guides, a description of their application in a STEM course
  • Two files containing a PDF and Docx version of the guide
  • An associated video, where applicable, to provide additional insights into the topic

Resource Guides to Deepen Understanding of Inclusivity in STEM Courses:

This resource guide reviews potential "obstructions" instructors may have when it comes to creating an inclusive environment and suggestions on Read more
This resource guide provides an overview of dialogic techniques to integrate with one's instructional strategies and course content. Read more
This resource guide details practices for creating inclusive assignments and assessments. Read more
This resource guide aims to provide instructors with both an overview of race, including its construction and historical context as Read more
This resource offers samples of inclusive discussion guidelines. Setting up expectations for discussion with your students at the beginning of Read more
The following content and linked resources (found in the resource guide) have been curated as a primer for instructors to Read more
This guide provides resources for learning about implicit bias, including readings, videos, and activities, as well as recommendations for incorporating Read more
This Inclusive Teaching resource offers sample language written in an inclusive manner that instructors may adopt and adapt for your Read more
This resource guide details tips for creating accommodations for students with disabilities as well as general practices to consider when Read more
This page introduces the Jigsaw method and describes how to use this method in classroom activities. Read more
This resource guide provides practical ways for instructors to get to know students as individuals, design inclusive course content and Read more
This resource guide is an inventory of 30 concrete strategies for building an inclusive class with a GSI. Read more

Activity Guides that Promote Inclusivity in STEM Courses:

In this activity, students will explore their personal values by examining a list of values and ranking each of them Read more
Students will discuss dominant narratives - explanations or stories told in service of the dominant social group’s interests and ideologies. Read more
This collection of activities assists instructors in developing group cohesion, thoughtful engagement, and reflective responses to challenging material. Read more
Students will explore the concept of having a growth mindset, examining the science behind intelligence and its development. Read more
This collection of icebreakers provides a variety of activities to choose from and implement throughout the semester. Read more
This activity uses independent reflection and small-group discussion to guide students in understanding white privilege as a concept and recognizing Read more
In this activity, students will create a visual map of their socialization in some aspect of identity (race, gender, sexual Read more
In this icebreaker activity, students will have the option to share their first name, middle name, last name, nickname or Read more
The Personal Identity Wheel is an activity that encourages students to reflect and describe their identity through skills they have, Read more
In this activity, students will identity social identities (race, gender, sex, socio-economic status, etc.) and reflect on the various ways Read more
In this activity, students spend five minutes writing a brief four-stanza poem about where they are from. Read more
In this activity, students will be prompted to critically consider their identities and the relationship between identity and context. Read more

Faculty Perspectives – Incorporating Inclusion On Any Topic

Additional Resources to Explore:

  • 39 LGBTQ+ STEM Innovators and Resources – Published by Columbia University’s Engineering Boot Camp programs, this resource highlights inspiring, innovative individuals and organizations that have supported, celebrated, and/or made significant contributions to the LGBTQ+ tech community.
  • Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses (SEISMIC) – Comprised of 10 public research universities, the SEISMIC Collaboration is a collection of educators, researchers, students, student support staff, and more who work in higher education and are committed to increasing equity and inclusion in STEM.
  • Latinas in STEM – Founded by MIT graduates, Latinas in STEM aims to inspire and empower Latinas to pursue, thrive and advance in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • Pride in STEM – Pride in STEM is a charitable trust run by an independent group of LGBT+ scientists & engineers from around the world, focusing on sharing the voices of LGBT+ individuals in STEM who want to show that science is for everyone.
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students – This annual conference was founded to encourage minority, first-generation, veteran, and disabled students to pursue higher education in STEM. Today, ABRCMS is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented students.
  • Women in STEM – Founded in 2017 at the University of Chicago Lab Schools, Women in STEM aims to empower and inspire girls through offering a variety of opportunities at the high school level.
  • Society of Women Engineers – Society of Women Engineers seeks to empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.
  • Society for Advancement Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) – SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.
  • STEM in Color – STEM In Color is committed to providing students and professionals from underrepresented backgrounds with access and equity in the form of accurate financial resources in a clean and professional format that is up to date and correct.

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