Professional Development Training
CSoI Diversity Module
What is "diversity"?
Diversity represents the various social and cultural traits that may differ from our own and those individuals with which we associate. The scope of diversity includes but is not limited to: race, culture, religion, mental or physical abilities, heritage, age, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics. Thus diversity, as a larger model, addresses more than just race and gender.
Why is it important?
Diversity in the work environment can yield unique, fruitful, and rewarding perspectives and ideas. By understanding and encouraging diversity one can maximize the ability of all co-workers to contribute to research goals. Specifically, when one values diversity in the workplace, one creates an environment that respects and includes differences as well as recognizes the unique contributions these differences can make.
This Module familiarizes readers with current challenges and opportunities concerned with broadening participation within STEM, and helps to better inform CSoI students and researchers so that they may tackle existing diversity issues. Completion of this Module consists of 3 parts:
- Participate in at least one CSoI teleconference on diversity. Next teleconference TBA; and
- Participate in an event -OR- serve on a committee aimed at broadening participation -OR- interview someone at your institution whose job involves diversity.
- Read through the booklet, "Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend", which is published by National Academy Press and available online for free.