How to build more inclusive and welcoming Cognitive Science? An intergenerational crowd-sourcing session
The goal of our Affinity Group is to crowd-source concrete “tips and tricks” that members of our community (trainees, faculty, etc) have used within their professional lives for making their mentorship and research more inclusive to members of underrepresented and minoritized communities. Barriers to overcome range from active bias and geopolitical issues to sensory-motor disability barriers.
Our desired outcome is a comprehensive list of ideas and resources that the SPARK Society and Women in Cognitive Science Canada will share broadly with the cognitive science community and continue to update at its websites.
As a 2020 CogSci attendee, or member of SPARK, WiCSC/CSBBCS, or WiCS, you are being asked to complete this anonymous survey as part of our effort to crowd-source how to increase a collective sense of welcoming and belonging in our discipline.
The open-ended questions presented below are meant to prompt solution-oriented approaches for eliminating barriers within our discipline. You can focus on whatever aspects of each domain you wish, in whatever length or format that you wish. However, we request that your responses include NO IDENTIFYING information (i.e., please no names of individuals, institutions, or any other identifying information).
We focus first on tips and tricks for the classroom setting (from an instructor/teaching assistant vs. student perspective), then the laboratory setting (from a PI, postdoc, graduate student, or undergraduate student perspective), and finally with respect to our science.
Anonymous responses will be viewed by our organizational team only, to help us organize discussion at the session, to plan future sessions, and to generate a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to share with our community.
CLASSROOM SETTINGS (e.g., If you were an instructor, what kinds of actions would you take to foster more inclusivity in your classroom; foster more inclusivity in your syllabus; eliminate specific barriers students face in your classroom? What kinds of barriers would you as an instructor face in your own classroom?)
LABORATORY SETTINGS (e.g., If you were a lab director, what kinds of actions would you take to foster more inclusivity in your laboratory and in the field? What kinds of barriers would you as a lab director face in your own laboratory? What are best practices for increasing inclusivity within a laboratory setting?)
IN OUR DISCIPLINE GENERALLY (e.g., How can we make research more inclusive? How can we encourage researchers to include more stakeholders in participatory roles in their research? What are some best practices to make your science more inclusive? What can Cognitive Science do to help understand and/or dismantle current power structures? What sort of research questions might a more diverse Cognitive Science ask?)
WHAT DID WE LEAVE OUT? (e.g., Are there any other issues you would like to see addressed in this session that we did not cover here? Do you have any stories you would like to share?)
ABOUT YOU? (e.g., Anything you'd like to tell us about you that contextualizes your responses? Gender?, Faculty/Trainee?, Person of Color?, Disability?, LGBTQIA?, First Generation?, Neurodivergent? -- PLEASE KEEP THIS GENERAL WITH NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT YOU OR OTHERS)
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