EEB and racism

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During fall 2020 we will discuss racism as it relates to the field of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in any way that works for them. Discussions are intended to be informal and are designed to help us all learn about racism in our field's history, about it's role today, and - most importantly - to help us identify things we can all do to make our work more accessible and welcoming to all.

Students can sign up for course credit if they would like to, but our discussions are not designed to be something that people will be graded for. If you do sign up for credit, you will receive an S (satisfactory) grade as long as you attend a majority of meetings and lead the discussion at least once.

For more information, or to be added to the group's email list, contact Chris Elphick.

Week of: Topic Discussion lead Readings, etc.
31 Aug All Organization
14 Sep History: Darwin & slavery Chris (unless someone wants to volunteer) Desmond and Moore, pp xxi, 1-7, 18-26, 32-44.
21 Sep History: Mismeasure of Men Chris (unless someone wants to volunteer) Gould, pp. 19-72; investigate the controversy
28 Sep History: Ecology Austin and Kevin Environmental/Ecological History [1] [2], Contemporary Racism in Ecology/Environmental Science [3] [4]
5 Oct History: Conservation Franco
12 Oct Scientific colonialism: in the past and now Swapna (& Georgia?)
19 Oct Species naming issues Sam
26 Oct Field work Eliza & Jess
2 Nov Society, conferences, and codes of conduct Liz
9 Nov Multi-cultural education: Teaching
16 Nov Multi-cultural education: Mentoring Andrew
23 Nov -- NO MEETING
30 Nov
7 Dec Wrap-up/next steps/summarize actions


Project biodiversify (teaching tools to promote diversity and inclusivity)
DiversifyEEB (illustrating diversity among those who study EEB)
UConn's chapter of Ecological Society of America's SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) program
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS)
GEM consortium
Biomedical Conference for Minority Students(ABRCMS)