STEM Educators' Lecture with Dr. David Asai
Harnessing Diversity to Improve STEM Excellence: Race Matters
As STEM educators, we know that the ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems is enhanced significantly when we can draw on a diverse group who approach the problem with different tools and approaches. And yet, we often do a poor job of tapping into the enormous potential of diverse populations, and struggle to build diversity in our fields. Dr. David Asai will explore how we can build diversity and harness its benefits by promoting an inclusive environment in our classrooms. He will present some concrete strategies educators can implement to improve our ability to find, nurture and retain diverse students in our disciplines.
Dr. David Asai is Senior Director for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute where he directs the HHMI Undergraduate and Graduate programs. Before moving to HHMI in 2008, Dr. Asai was on the faculty at Purdue University for 19 years, where he was Head of Biological Sciences, and on the faculty at Harvey Mudd College for five years, where he was Stuart Mudd Professor and Chair of Biology. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a co-terminal Master’s Degree in Biology from Stanford University, and a PhD in Biology from CalTech.
This is a free event. Registration ends Tuesday, March 20th.