Recent Events

Cambridge Science Festival

A workshop showcasing and discussing a set of dialogues authored by GSWG describing issues relating to genetics and race.

These dialogues have been submitted for publication with the National Association of Biology Teachers and will be linked here upon publication.

Photos of the event

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Science and Social Justice Thnk Tank at Kalamazoo Colleg3

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The first of hopefully many Science and Social Justice think tanks was a result of a collaboration between The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College and the Division of Medical Studies at Harvard University.

The attendees included:

  1. Professors who teach social justice science courses or who incorporate such topics into their general science courses
  2. Scholars, scientists, public health and environmental leaders working at the intersection of science and social justice
  3. Stakeholders in academic institutions and scientific organizations who can speak to diversity in the STEM fields and to the changing landscape of science and society
  4. Other artists and writers who are interested in the intersection of science, society, and social justice.

The attendees discussed the following topics (adapted from the Science and Social Justice Think Tank concept paper).

Many well-trained scientists arrive at their laboratories every day set to pursue their projects with inspiration and creativity, yet are encouraged to do so without thinking of the social and political matters that trouble the nation and the world.  Even with the history of race, class, and gender bias in scientific research and methods, scientists still rarely consider questions such as (1) who gets to do science, (2) who benefits from scientific advances, and (3) who may suffer from new technologies.  Those that do focus on issues of social justice such as leaders in public health and environmental studies often have conversations outside that of the hard sciences.

 

The goal of the Think-Tank is to explore three questions

  1. What are the educational and societal benefits of including social justice in science teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels?
  2. What are specific strategies for integrating issues of social justice into scientific research and their implications?
  3. What conditions would advance these goals at the national level through institutional and disciplinary reform?

See thinktank-agenda for details of topics discussed.