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May 2022

Picture A Scientist • FIRST Film Viewing

May 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
McKay Wall Atrium

Watch this 2020 documentary on women in science that highlights perspectives on how to make science more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

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Picture A Scientist • FIRST Film Discussion

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wall 210

Shana Bellamy and Debbie Thurtle-Schmidt host a conversation discussing this important documentary describing some of the challenges science creates for women scientists and needed changes. 

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June 2022

Building Equitable and Antiracist Communities • LACOL Conference

June 2 - June 3
McKay Wall Atrium

This conference examines how colleges can build equitable and antiracist communities both on campus and online. 
FIRST hosts a student panel at 9:00 on Friday. 

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Educating Engaged Citizens for an Uncertain and Changing World • Teaching & Learning Conference

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This Elon University conference examines college teaching, courses, curricula, and structures to help students reshape our society to be more equitable and inclusive. 

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Fail is Not a Four-Letter Word • FIRST Conversation for Students

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wall 210

Lauren Stutts and Jake Paz host a panel of STEM faculty members sharing their failures as undergraduates and the important lessons they learned.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Climates at Davidson College • FIRST Community Conversation

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McKay Wall Atrium

Join a community conversation to consider the current and future climates for implementing and maturing diversity,
equity, justice, and inclusion initiatives at Davidson College.

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Fostering an Antiracist Research Group • FIRST Journal Club

June 29 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 pm

Join a journal club to discuss steps we can each take to improve academic workplace cultures as described in the article “Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab.” 

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July 2022

Grades and Grading Strategies • FIRST Discussion

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wall 210

Join a collegial conversation to discuss important aspects of grades and grading with emphasis on sharing grading strategies (and hacks) that improve both helpful feedback for students and efficient workflows for faculty members.

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Scientists Spotlight Assignments • FIRST Journal Club

July 13 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Wall 210

Bryan Thurtle-Schmidt leads a journal club examining how scientist spotlight assignments can both shift harmful stereotypes and enhance science identity among undergraduates.

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The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred • Book Discussion

July 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wall 210

Mario Belloni leads a conversation on this award-winning 2021 book calling for more liberatory scientific practices by Dr. Chandra Prescod-Weinstein, one of few Black American female physicists who aims to empower all to know our night sky.

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