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Abstract Title: Developing change agency and valuing participation in Departmental Action Teams
Abstract: It is often a challenge for STEM departments to implement and maintain changes to their undergraduate programs. The Departmental Action Team model seeks to facilitate more sustainable departmental changes. In the model, teams known as DATs, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, work on collectively-determined goals aimed at improving the undergraduate experience in their department. Even though DATs are consensus-driven, individual DAT members can value their participation differently and can develop varying degrees of identity as change agents with respect to their work on the DAT. To investigate what impacts how DAT members value their participation on the DAT and their identity as change agents, we interviewed and surveyed DAT members from two long-running DATs. We present an analysis of one DAT member and a preliminary model describing how particular elements of a DAT member's experience can affect how they value their participation and their identity as a change agent.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C10

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alanna Pawlak
University of Colorado Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Joel Corbo, University of Colorado Boulder
Gina Quan, San Jose State University
Courtney Ngai, Colorado State University