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Abstract Title: Teaching about Inequity: Shifts in Student Views about Diversity in Physics
Abstract: In an introductory university physics course, we designed and taught a unit focused on racial inequity. The weeklong unit emphasized that while physics is often described as objective and uninfluenced by racial and cultural differences, in reality, both current and future physicists are affected by their personal experiences. We explicitly highlighted the glaring underrepresentation of people of color and women in the physics community. Across two years, many students' written reflections revealed that they were positively impacted by their experience. These students' responses fell into three categories: students who reported that their views had changed, become more enlightened, or solidified. We see these results as indicating that instructors can begin to shift physics towards a more socially just community by explicitly addressing equity in their courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Sierra Decker
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave. W
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 5104075329
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Abigail R. Daane, Seattle Pacific University