Discussion can be an important and powerful tool in efforts to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). However, facilitating discussions on difficult, complex, and often uncomfortable issues, like racism and sexism, can feel daunting. We outline a series of steps that can be used by educators to facilitate productive discussions that empower everyone to listen, contribute, learn, and ultimately act to transform STEM.
Goldsmith GR, Gormally BMG, Green RM, Harrison AW, Hoover BA, Quides KW, Thammavongsy Z,Welles SR, Zhang B, Gray KM. 2021. Facilitating constructive discussions of difficult socio-scientific issues. J Microbiol Biol Educ 22:e00153-21. https://doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.00153-21.
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This article was originally published in Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, volume 22, issue 2, in 2021. https://doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.00153-21