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University of California, San Diego

Several new programs at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) aim to enhance teaching and mentoring on campus while creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the campus community. Postdoctoral fellows Dr. Suzanne Lee, Dr. Daniel Pollard, and Dr. Evan Merkhofer started the STEM Education and Diversity Discussion Group in the winter of 2011 to engage their colleagues in discussion of teaching and diversity issues. The bi-weekly group brings together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members to hold discussions, examine best practices, and share resources and creative teaching tools. Members of this group and other UCSD postdocs lead quarterly training workshops for UCSD teaching assistants (TAs), called “Creating an Inclusive Classroom.” These workshops have a dual purpose of providing leadership and teaching experience for the postdoc teachers while promoting inclusive and culturally competent practices for the TAs. By participating in the workshop, TAs learn to value the unique contributions of each student to the classroom, explore teaching methods that contribute to an inclusive environment, and examine the biases and assumptions that affect their own teaching styles. UCSD postdocs have also been leading annual diversity courses for undergraduate students. The eight-session interactive seminar course, “Intergroup Dialogue: Skills for Building Effective Multicultural Research Teams,” explores how issues of identity and race/ethnicity affect their research communities.  According to Dr. Suzanne Lee, a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Jens Lykke-Andersen, "The STEM Diversity efforts at UCSD have opened my mind to better approaches to teaching and mentoring, and have given me a wonderful way to connect with similarly minded post-docs, grad students and faculty as we work together to come up with solutions to improve our communities and training environments."

Diversity:  Initiatives for Postdoctoral Scholars

This page last updated: August 9, 2018

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