button-download-workshop-filesStrand: Best practices for equitable learning environments
Time: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 10:45 – 12:00 pm
Room: Richmond

ABSTRACT

Designing solutions that create equity in STEM is a priority at FIRST. In addition to a D&I initiatives overview, we’ll provide activities, strategies and tools from three equitable leadership practices: 1) the strategic Equity Priority Plan with department/program annual Equity Action Plans, 2) the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee with associated tools, and 3) the Designing STEM Equity Fellowship–an 18-month leadership development, solutions-generation program and curriculum.

PRESENTER(s)

Presenter 1

Shelley Henderson, Ed.D.
Diversity & Inclusion Manager
FIRST

Biography: Shelley Henderson is the national Diversity and Inclusion Manager for FIRST—For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. She has spent nearly a quarter-century working as a youth development specialist, certified teacher, non-profit executive, university program coordinator, adjunct professor, community organizer, public policy advocate and now TEDx speaker.

Shelley serves on her local New Leaders Council board and is leading two racial and gender equity efforts—regional implementations of My Brother’s Keeper in the Heartland, an Obama Foundation effort, and Let Her Learn collaborative, a National Women’s Law Center effort.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and her master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is working on courses toward a certificate and doctoral degree in Diversity & Equity in Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Presenter 2

Earl Redrick, M.B.A.
Mediator/Facilitator/Trainer
e4 Leadership Solutions

Biography: Earl Redrick is the founder of e4 Leadership Solutions and possesses a wealth of knowledge and experiences in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). He is a current senior public service employee and a U.S. Army Veteran, retiring after 22 years of service. He has compiled more than 20 years of executive and senior management leadership experience. He has compiled a lengthy and accomplished background in civil rights, fair housing and employment, and DEI in holistic community development using social determinants of health or place-based approaches. Earl is also a current Adjunct Professor teaching social and cultural equity. He is a dynamic and relational leader, whose blend of education, worldly/multicultural experiences, assignments in paid and non-paid, voluntary projects and relevant training make him a uniquely qualified professional to mediate conflict, facilitate dialogue and lead training around DEI initiatives.

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Presenter 3

Domonique Bulls, Ph.D.
Diversity and Inclusion Fellow
FIRST

Biography: Domonique Bulls is the inaugural FIRST Diversity & Inclusion Designing STEM Equity Fellow! Domonique is a native of Buffalo, NY. Her family and STEM education is two of her favorite passions. She received a B.S. in Biology from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master’s in Science Education from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Domonique is the founder of ‘Girls Can Do Science Too’ an initiative to inspire, empower, motivate, and educate girls in science. In her free time, she is a sports fanatic and loves to run. Domonique lives in Morrow, GA.

As a Fellow, Domonique will create solutions to STEM inequities for underrepresented and underserved youth, and support existing D&I efforts at FIRST. She will rigorously apply equity literacy, anti-deficit framing, leadership development, collective impact and human-centered design mindsets and approaches to to create for large systems-level change.

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DESCRIPTION

A FIRST Diversity & Inclusion activities overview and evaluation data collected on capacity-building and impact will be provided. These 5 core components include the NAPE online training modules and survey data collected. We will go into more depth about 1) the multi-year, strategic Equity Priority Plan with embedded department/program annual Equity Action Plans, 2) the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, and 3) the inaugural Designing STEM Equity Fellowship–an 18-month leadership development, solutions-generation program and curriculum.

Shelley, Earl and Domonique have firsthand experience with their topic and understand their audience. We will provide timely and relevant information that can be put into immediate use (Equity Action Plan Template, Advisory Committee tools, etc.). Participants will engage in 3 hands-on learning activities. We will provide clear and useful handouts for workshop attendees. We will present effective strategies focused on underrepresented and underserved groups at FIRST.

Gallery Walk
-This activity is designed to allow participants to identify strengths, challenges and aspirations leading equity efforts on different colored post-it notes. They will place their post-it note reflections in the 3 areas designated on the walls, and then take a “gallery walk” to see what others said. Once time is up, we will debrief as a whole group.
-Desired outcome is that participants will see how others view positioning and feasibility as we all strives to create equity, diversity and inclusion.

Here I Stand
-This activity is guides participants through an exercise around some of the more pressing social issues and how they potentially intersect or impact equitable outcomes. Four position boards will be placed on the wall around the room-Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree and Strongly Disagree. Several questions will be read to the broader group at which time participants will be asked to take one of the four positions as it relates to the question. Following each question, dialogue is facilitated.
-Desired outcome is to challenge participants to be mindful and open to discussions of varying perspective without judging.

Reader’s Theater
-This activity helps participants become familiar with and differentiate between the four Dimensions of Inequity—Micro-level (internalized and interpersonal) and Macro-level (institutional and structural). After these are defined, participants will read through a script as a whole group where they portray characters in a scenario. In four groups, they will discuss examples of the level of inequity playing out then generate solutions.
-Desired outcome is that participants practice generating ideas/solutions at all levels in ways that allow them to demonstrate understanding of the concepts and to generalize this to their day to day leadership work.

Event Timeslots (3)

Tuesday, April 17
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TUESDAY | RICHMOND
Designing solutions that create equity in STEM is a priority at FIRST. In addition to a D&I initiatives overview, we’ll provide activities, strategies and tools from three equitable leadership practices: 1) the strategic Equity Priority Plan with department/program annual Equity Action Plans, 2) the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee with associated tools, and 3) the Designing STEM Equity Fellowship--an 18-month leadership development, solutions-generation program and curriculum.

Richmond
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TUESDAY | RICHMOND
Designing solutions that create equity in STEM is a priority at FIRST. In addition to a D&I initiatives overview, we’ll provide activities, strategies and tools from three equitable leadership practices: 1) the strategic Equity Priority Plan with department/program annual Equity Action Plans, 2) the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee with associated tools, and 3) the Designing STEM Equity Fellowship--an 18-month leadership development, solutions-generation program and curriculum.

Session 2 (Tuesday 10:45-12:00)
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TUESDAY | RICHMOND
Designing solutions that create equity in STEM is a priority at FIRST. In addition to a D&I initiatives overview, we’ll provide activities, strategies and tools from three equitable leadership practices: 1) the strategic Equity Priority Plan with department/program annual Equity Action Plans, 2) the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee with associated tools, and 3) the Designing STEM Equity Fellowship--an 18-month leadership development, solutions-generation program and curriculum.

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