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Abstract Title: The Alma Project: Cultivating Cultural Capitals in Physics through Reflective Journaling
Abstract: At San Francisco State University, the Alma Project was created to support connections to the life experiences of STEM students through reflective journaling. Pulling from frameworks in Ethnic Studies and social psychology, the Alma Project aims to make learning STEM inclusive by affirming the intersectional identities and cultural wealth of students in STEM classrooms. In Spring 2017, the Alma Project was piloted in select sections of the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, which offers 1-unit courses that support "large lecture" STEM classes. In Fall 2018, the project was expanded to all SI classes and to all introductory physics and astronomy labs. Each month, students spend 5-10 minutes responding to questions designed to affirm their values and purpose for studying STEM in college. Students also spend time in class sharing their responses, including common struggles and successes. We identify 11 cultural capitals expressed by STEM students that cultivate persistence and support belonging.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A85

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Khanh Tran
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 3103499413
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kimberly Coble (SFSU), Alegra Eroy-Reveles (UCSC), Imani Davis (SFSU), Marissa Harris (SFSU), Alejandra Lopez-Macha (SFSU), Mireya Arreguin (SFSU), and Michaela Perez (SFSU)