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Spelman Receives Grant, Holds Workshops to Investigate Diversifying STEM

July 2018

shanina sandersSpelman hosted an organic chemistry workshop June 19 through June 22 as part of a $39,950 grant committed to diversifying the STEM workforce. Awarded by the Associated Colleges of the South, the grant seeks to diversify the STEM workforce through more culturally relevant organic chemistry laboratories.

Shanina Sanders, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, serves as the principal investigator. Leyte Winfield, Ph.D., division chair for natural science and mathematics, and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is the co-principal investigator for the grant.

“In addition to ethnicity and gender, elements of culture such as ability, social class and language were discussed as entry points to be used to engage students in a way that is relevant to their lives and improve academic outcomes,” said Dr. Sanders.

Following the four-day workshop, an online community was created to share materials and continue the conversations. “Participants will pilot culturally relevant materials in our labs in the fall of 2018 and share with the online community,” said Dr. Sanders.