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Abstract Title: Introductory Physics Students’ Insights for Improving Physics Culture
Abstract: Women and people of color are underrepresented in classrooms and the field of physics. We can work to address this disparity by empowering students to change the physics culture within their own spheres of influence. Students in introductory, calculus-based physics classes from both two- and four-year institutions participated in lessons from the Underrepresentation Curriculum, a freely available curriculum designed to bring social justice conversations to the classroom. Post unit, students brainstormed ideas about how to raise awareness of, and ultimately remove, this inequity. We coded students' responses grouping analogous key words and phrases. Our analysis showed that students from both institutions generated similar sets of propositions. Their responses included having intentional conversations about equity issues and actively learning about their own biases. By following students' suggestions, we can create a more inclusive and diverse physics community.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A10
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Acacia Arielle
South Seattle College
6000 16th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98106
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kai Bretl
South Seattle College
Amad Ross
Columbia University
Abigail R. Daane
South Seattle College