Belonging in Physics
Many students in first year physics often struggle to feel like they belong in their physics classes or in the physics community. This may be due to their belonging to a minority group such as gender, cultural or being the first in their family to attend university. Hearing and sharing lived experiences in physics from their teachers and fellow students can help students understand that they are not alone and that having such feelings and experiences will not exclude them from studying physics in the future. Helping students to understand they have similar experiences to their colleagues and observe the success of past students, enables a sense of belonging and strengthens connections and engagement.
This workshop will explore the idea of creating the sense of belonging in the physics classroom and work through student activities developed by Professor Chandralekha Singh and colleagues* that you can take back to your own classrooms.
* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui07PwurAns ‘How to Enhance Physics by Making it Inclusive’
Intended Audience: Undergraduate Physics Educators
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