Past Event

A Recipe for Belonging in Technical Learning Environments

December 2, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Event Information

In an effort to increase gender and racial equity in STEM fields, many have created educational spaces specifically for women, LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. Broadly speaking it is understood that organizations address systemic disparities in technical fields by increasing access to science and technical learning environments, and educational materials, in welcoming settings. However a growing number of researchers have found that access is not enough to address the still striking disparities that exist in these domains. Instead, studies reveal that critical components for retaining girls and diverse populations in STEM fields must include qualities of belonging and cultural responsiveness to perform effective interventions. This talk illustrates a recipe for belonging in technical learning environments developed by TECHNE, a creative technical learning initiative working towards equity in electronic music. TECHNE cultivates environments of belonging and inclusion by including ingredients from social justice movements that organize against interlocking forces that marginalize populations based on race, gender, class, and sexuality. TECHNE combines these components with creative strategies to ferment collective action, social identity formation, and distributed learning, and highlight poetic, messy emergence. These critical tactics are designed to support students as they negotiate new terrains and fundamentally perform the critical interventions that advocates are working towards.

Event Speakers

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Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required for virtual and in-person attendees. For more information, please visit the event webpage.

Columbia affiliates are allowed to attend the event in person if they meet all Columbia University compliance measures. The event will take place at the Heyman Center (Second Floor Common Room). Please visit the Heyman’s Center website for directions

Hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.