STEM Educators' Lecture
Each spring the CAT hosts the STEM Educators' Lecture, an interactive workshop featuring a speaker who is advancing the field of STEM pedagogy through their research and/or practice. While STEM-focused, faculty and teaching assistants from all disciplines are welcome.
STEM Educators' Lecture 2024:
Unmasking the “Isms” in STEM Education to Promote Equitable Teaching and Learning
Presented by: Tara Nkrumah, Ph. D. and Cornelio "Coky" Aguilera
April 10, 2024, 2:00-5:00pm
1838 N. Park Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
(Liacouras Walk between Barrack Hall and Fox School of Business)
Innovative approaches to STEM access for minoritized populations can help dismantle pedagogical barriers to equitable STEM education. In this workshop, we will be introducing Theater of the Oppressed (TO) as a methodology to promote faculty’s critical consciousness development, and framing culturally relevant STEM pedagogy (CRSP) as a tool to unmask the “isms” (e.g., racism, sexism, classism, and ableism) that hinder equitable teaching and learning. TO uses theater games and activities as techniques to transform oppressive structures and support faculty in resolving conflicts. We will engage participants in hands-on, team building TO techniques to transfer the theory of culturally relevant pedagogy into practice in STEM education. In addition, participants will learn important skills in order to recognize, confront, and remediate the cultural issues related to inequities in STEM education.
About Tara Nkrumah, Ph.D.
Tara Nkrumah, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Preparation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Her research on equitable teaching practices for anti-oppressive discourse in education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) uses theatre of the oppressed to explore culturally relevant/responsive leadership and pedagogy. Her work is published in the International Review of Qualitative Research, Cultural Studies in Science Education, The Science Teacher, Journal of African American Women and Girls in Education, Journal of Language and Literacy, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Science Education and International Journal of STEM Education
About Cornelio "Coky" Aguilera
Cornelio “Coky” Aguilera (he, him, el, del, etc.) having studied as an Acting Specialist at UW Madison, Coky has been working professionally with the following Tampa-area companies since 2012: Stageworks Theatre, The Tampa Repertory Theatre, St. Petersburg Opera Company, RQL Productions, Your Real Stories Theatre, Jobsite Theater, The ThruLine Company, and the Off-Central Players. It is his honor to be working with the Outcast Theatre Collective as an officer and facilitator since its inception and has collaborated with the following: Arizona State University, the University of Wisconsin Madison, Western Michigan University, the University of South Florida Tampa, and YWCA Metro Phoenix.