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Abstract Title: Improving representation in physical sciences using a Departmental Action Team
Abstract: Women and minority students are largely underrepresented in the physical sciences. Here we describe a faculty-, student-, and staff-led group, called a Departmental Action Team (DAT), created to study the recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minority (URM) students in one physical sciences department. As a result of the DAT's work, the department has created a new committee on Representation, Recruitment, and Retention (R-cubed) to improve outreach and support for underrepresented students. We describe how the grassroots efforts of the DAT created a departmental context that was able to leverage campus-level diversity efforts to support meaningful, department-wide discussions and an action plan for improving diversity and equity in the major. As such, we present a case study and model for departmental change in other physical science departments.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Katherine Rainey
University of Colorado at Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ethan T Neil
University of Colorado at Boulder

Meredith D Betterton
University of Colorado at Boulder

Daniel L Reinholz
University of Colorado at Boulder

Joel C Corbo
University of Colorado at Boulder

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