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The NSM Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a standing committee dedicated to building learning and working environments that welcome, affirm, value, and support a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff. The committee is charged with (1) evaluating current efforts to further diversity, equity, and inclusion within the College; (2) assisting departments and the College in developing anti-discriminatory strategies (e.g., related to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion, etc.); (3) advising the College on issues and opportunities of diversity, equity, and inclusion; (4) providing guidance on the allocation of resources to support college efforts in these areas.
This semester, the DEI committee is focusing on:
- Retaining diverse full-time faculty, part-time faculty and staff
- Collecting data on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice (DEIBJ) in the college.
- Increasing student success
- Sharing actionable strategies and highlighting case studies from our college on DEIBJ practices in the classroom and research
- Organizing a college-wide seminar with research on DEI
Dr. Kimberly Mulligan is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In both the classroom and her lab, she is a practitioner of inclusive teaching and mentoring practices. She served as the inaugural Chair of the College of NSM Working Group on Equity and Inclusion, and has disseminated ideas on fostering inclusion, equity, and social justice both at Sac State and at professional STEM societies, like the Genetics Society of America and Accelerating Systemic Change in STEM Higher Education. For her efforts aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM, she has received a National Institutes of Health SCORE Award, the Sac State Science Educational Equity Mentor of the Year Award, the College of NSM Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, and the Multi-Cultural Center’s Education Advocacy Award.
We want to hear about your experiences with diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice (DEIBJ) on our campus, as well as your ideas about how we can better advance DEIBJ.
DEI Resources: Student STEM Organizations that advance DEIBJ
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science - from college students to professionals - to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership.
An organization that aims to inspire women to achieve greatness in STEM.
Comprehensive academic support program for CSUS students who face social, economic, and educational barriers to careers in the health professions, science research, and science teaching.
Driven toward creating a visible and inclusive community focused on LGBTQIA Identities within the STEM fields at Sacramento State, the purpose of qSTEM is to create a safe space where students can celebrate their identities, bring awareness on issues affecting the LGBTQIA community, and to cultivate STEM talent and leadership.
MOSS is dedicated to providing a supportive system for students of diverse ethnic heritage, who are interested in pursuing careers in the health professions, math and science research, and/or teaching.
The CSU Sacramento chapter of BPSHI is dedicated to help the neglected communities around NorCal by providing the proper resources and knowledge to get those in need the help they deserve. In an effort to spread health awareness and social justice our members are helping improve the lives of many individuals amongst the underserved communities.
As a club, we strive to provide resources of camaraderie, mentorship, and academic support to current students interested in physics & astronomy. Our goal is to create a space within our department that is safe for and supportive of women and other underrepresented genders interested in physics and astronomy. We are also dedicated to ensuring that the next generation of scientists sees themselves represented within physics and astronomy through community outreach. Through outreach, we hope to encourage young women and gender minorities to facilitate and pursue any interest they may have in science.
STEM Research & Teaching Conferences that Advance DEIBJ
“The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, the SACNAS conference is a gathering which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.” -SACNAS
“For over 20 years, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS)…has been the go-to conference for underrepresented community college, undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As ABRCMS has continued to grow and evolve, it has also become a space for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, program administrators and more.” -ABRCMS
“The Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) will serve as an open, interdisciplinary, professional network and intellectual home for individuals and groups in a broad range of disciplines who are engaged in creating and/or studying change in higher education. The ultimate vision of ASCN is that students in every institutional setting experience teaching that aligns with what we know about how people learn, and that draws in and supports all students.” -ASCN
Other Conferences that Advance DEIBJ in Academia
“AAC&U offers a series of annual conferences that foster reflection, discovery, innovation, and action on critical and emerging issues in undergraduate education.”-AAC&U webpage
Resources for Inclusive Teaching & Mentoring in STEM
- Evidence-Based Teaching Guides
- HHMI BioInteractive Online Professional Learning Course on Inclusive Teaching
- Atlas of Black Scholarship for Inclusive and Racially Diverse STEM Curricula
- Global Belonging Collaborative
- Scientist Spotlights
- Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) webinar recordings