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Abstract Title: Student discourse about equity in an introductory college physics course
Abstract: In a typical introductory college calculus-based physics course, the makeup of the classroom looks much like the physics community: it includes few women and even fewer underrepresented minorities. This lack of representation is well known, but is rarely an explicit topic of conversation in physics courses. In an introductory physics course at Seattle Pacific University, I facilitated several activities aimed at raising student awareness about the disparity between the demographics of the physics community and the demographics of the general population. Students had the opportunity to discuss and reflect about what it means to do physics, who does it, and why particular groups of people are not equitably represented in the field. In this presentation, I share the sequence of activities used and preliminary findings about the impact of and response to these activities.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Abigail Daane
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 5104075239