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PROGRAM AGENDA

The Undergraduate Research Programs Division and the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion presents a step in response to the national call for awareness and action on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Thus, this virtual conference will serve as a platform for professionals to share, learn, listen, and grow in areas of this integrated focus, in order to adequately contribute to the ongoing transformation of the undergraduate research environment on our campuses. Using creative facilitative approaches including critical conversations and innovative presentations related to the installation, operation, maintenance, and application of undergraduate research structures in higher education institutions, this conference promotes the exploration and adoption of effective tools and processes for change, that will generate a range of equitable and inclusive opportunities for the advancement of undergraduate research.

Target Audience: Professionals who support the undergraduate research enterprise including mentors, administrators, faculty, and industry partners. 

The following primary themes make up our agenda:

  • Allyship in Undergraduate Research: How can programs, leaders, faculty, and staff be good allies?
  • Diversity in Undergraduate Research: How can we expand access, outreach, and recruitment?
  • Equity in Undergraduate Research: How can we restructure outdated systems?
  • Inclusive Curriculum/Program Design and Assessment: How can we design student-centered programs and create new pathways for underrepresented groups?
  • Inclusive Mentoring: How can we ensure mentoring across identities? 

 

Registration Rates 

Membership Type

Early-Bird Rate
Ends May 17, 2021

Regular Rate
Ends June 16, 2021
Enhanced Institutional Member $225 $250
Institutional Member $255 $280
Individual Member $285 $310
Graduate Student/Postdoctoral* $115 $115
Non-member** $360 $385
 

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*During registration, please select the option 'Student - Graduate' or 'Student - Postdoctoral' from the Current Academic Rank dropdown to activate this registration rate.
This registration includes a 1-year CUR membership.

**Non-member registration includes a 1-year CUR membership.

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Pre-Conference Workshops

Mentoring 101 for Graduate Students and Post Docs

Workshop Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm, ET

This workshop will introduce graduate students and post-docs to the why, what, and how of mentoring undergraduates in research, scholarship and creative activities.  The workshop will combine panel sessions with active break-outs and will provide support material to aid participants in their mentoring.  The first session will focus on the basics of getting involved in mentoring, the second on inclusive mentoring practices, and the third on navigating mentoring.

Registration Rates 

Registration Type

Registration Cut-off
Ends June 16, 2021

Workshop Only $65
Workshop as Conference Add-on $25
 

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Centering DEI: Practical Tools for Sustaining Transformative Racial-Equity in Undergraduate Research Programs

Facilitators: Buffie Longmire-Avital, Jenny Shanahan, Sophie Pierszalowski
Workshop Date: June 22, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, ET

The idea of anti-racism has received significant attention in higher education recently, as many faculty, staff, and administrators have sought to respond to national and campus calls for racial justice and decoloniality. Many of us have designed or changed curricula and pedagogies to dismantle structural racism in our institutions and academic disciplines. What does it mean to do that anti-racist and decolonial work in the context of undergraduate research? How do we overturn decades of individual biases and program policies that have reified privilege and white supremacist assumptions in undergraduate research and other high-impact opportunities? This workshop on mentoring for racial equity and justice is designed to address but also move well beyond ‚Äúcompositional diversity‚ÄĚ in undergraduate research--a modest goal still unfulfilled in many programs--to the living out of anti-racism in our work with students and in leading programs. The three facilitators have created this workshop with diversity and inclusion in mind, working from their own racial identities, disciplinary backgrounds (STEM, social sciences, and humanities), and experiences in the work of decentering whiteness, mentoring for equity, and leading undergraduate research and other high-impact practices at different types of institutions. The workshop is designed with breakout sessions for experienced practitioners of anti-racism in higher education and those newer to equity work. Participants will also have opportunities to collaborate with colleagues with similar degrees of experience in mentoring UR, directing UR programs, or serving in senior administration roles. Participants will leave the online workshop with a draft of an anti-racism plan for facilitating undergraduate research at the level of individual mentoring, directing an undergraduate research program, and/or leading broader institutional initiatives.

Registration Rates 

Registration Type

Early-Bird Rate
Ends May 17, 2021

Regular Rate
Ends June 16, 2021
Regular $125 $150
 

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Want to send three or more faculty from your institution to the Centering DEI workshop?
Receive 25% off your group registration! To register with the discount, have your institutional contact login to register as a group.
Not seeing this option? Contact EVENTS@CUR.org

 

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