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Wednesday, October 19, 2022 — 11:00 AM-5:00 PM (EDT)

In this CUR Online Intensive participants will learn to center equitable pedagogical practices in undergraduate research mentoring and lead campus efforts toward anti-oppression, antiracism, and social justice in undergraduate research administration.

Facilitators: Buffie Longmire-Avital (Elon University), Sophie Pierszalowski (University of Washington), Jenny Olin Shanahan (Bridgewater State University)
 

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, anti-oppression, 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 online intensive on mentoring for racial equity and justice is designed to address but also move well beyond “compositional diversity” 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 and positionalities, 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.

Participants will 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

Membership Type Rate (Ends October 18, 2022)
Member $275
Non-member $325
 


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PRELIMINARY AGENDA

11:00 AM—11:30 AM

  • Introducing each other and establishing our group norms
  • Opening discussion: Share an example of an equity practice you’ve implemented or plan to implement in your teaching, mentoring, and/or leadership work.


11:30 AM—12:45 PM

  • Identifying barriers to undergraduate research for BIPOC students and students from other underserved groups
  • Understanding implicit and structural biases in recruitment and selection processes
  • Decentering whiteness in undergraduate research
  • Examining our own positionality
  • Introducing the Social Identity Wheel
  • Writing positionality statements


12:45 PM—1:15 PM – Meal break

1:15 PM—2:00 PM

  • Critical mentoring for equity
  • Balancing empowerment and advocacy
  • Acting from awareness of positionality in order to center equity in our work


2:00—3:00pm – Working in disciplinary and administrator groups

  • Developing early opportunities for research
  • Designing CUREs (course-based undergraduate research experiences) that decenter whiteness
  • Developing community-based and other applied research opportunities
  • Creating equitable and inclusive co-curricular UR opportunities


3:00—3:30pm – Active/intentional break

  • Getting outside, taking a stroll, as is feasible
  • Reflecting on action plan


3:30—4:30 – Working in “sphere of influence” groups: faculty and other mentors, URPDs, senior administrators

  • Demonstrating anti-racist mentoring practices
  • Creating inclusive research spaces and programs
  • Making policy and institutional changes


4:30—5:00pm — Discussion of our action plans

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • When is the deadline to register? Registration will close on October 18, 2022.
  • Where will this event take place? This event will be hosted online.
  • What is the registration cancellation and substitution policy? CUR will honor cancellation requests and provide a refund, less a $50 processing fee, for all requests submitted in writing no later than September 19, 2022. No refunds will be permitted after September 19, 2022. Please submit cancellation requests in writing to CUR@CUR.org. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee. Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the CUR National Office. In the event of a medical emergency after the cancellation deadline, please contact CUR@cur.org to provide documentation and so an extension of the refund policy can be considered.
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  • When will the agenda be released? A draft agenda is available, but the final agenda will be released before the event.
  • What are some reasons to participate? Participants will 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.


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