Inclusive and Policy-Relevant Statistical Methods

Inclusive and Policy-Relevant Statistical Methods

Academic Year:
2015 - 2016 (June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016)
Funding Requested:
$500.00
Project Dates:
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Applicant(s):
Chair Uniqname:
Overview of the Project:
With this project, we aim to make a core required Statistics course more responsive to concerns about diversity and inclusion. Given the challenges associated with addressing these issues in a quantitative course, a thoughtful and intentional process is needed. I propose to hire two to three students over the summer to work with me to brainstorm concrete ways to improve the course's approach to diversity and inclusion.
Proposal PDF:
Final Report Fields
Project Objectives:

With this project, we aimed to make a core required Statistics course more responsive to concerns about diversity and inclusion. Given the challenges associated with addressing these issues in a quantitative course, a thoughtful and intentional process was needed. I proposed to hire two to three students over the summer to work with me to brainstorm concrete ways to improve the course’s approach to diversity and inclusion.

Project Achievements:

I hired three students who went through course materials in depth to provide suggestions for making the course more inclusive. We met multiple times as a group to discuss their suggestions. I then prepared a report to be used by me and other Statistics instructors for course planning, providing a range of strategies to improve the course’s approach to diversity and inclusion.

Continuation:
The material collected by the students is continuing to shape this and other courses I teach.
Dissemination:
I have since met one-on-one with other instructors to discuss how the project’s findings could inform the planning of their courses.
Advice to your Colleagues:
Hiring several students gave me a range of opinions and allowed us to problem-solve as a group. Some UM students have thought a lot about these issues, and their expertise is valuable.