A Recipe for Belonging in Technical Learning Environments

Thursday Lecture Series

December 2, 2021 Thursday, 12:15pm EST The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University Virtual Event

This event has been postponed at the request of the organizers and participants, in solidarity with the ongoing Student Workers of Columbia (SWC) strike at Columbia University. We hope to set a new date in the coming weeks.

  • This event will take place in person at the Heyman Center and virtually over Zoom. We ask that EVERYONE REGISTER VIA ZOOM, even those who plan to attend in person. Please read event description for further details.

  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
  • Each TLS event will have its own Zoom registration. If you wish to attend all events, please register for each lecture individually.

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. For this talk I will illustrate 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.

Attendance at SOF/Heyman events will follow Columbia-issued guidelines as they continue to develop. Given the current recommendations, we plan to allow in-person attendance for COLUMBIA AFFILIATES who have conformed with the on-campus guidelines. For everyone else, we're planning to livestream this event, allowing for virtual attendance.

This event also will be recorded. By being electronically present, you consent to the SOF/Heyman using such video for promotional purposes.

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