Concepts for Research Inclusion

Rachel M. Magee

rmmagee@illinois.edu

http://go.illinois.edu/researchinclusion

GOALS

  • Define & Discuss
    • Included Researchers
    • Inclusive Research
    • Inclusive Researchers
  • Identify Questions & Directions

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Not necessarily in this order!

Included Researchers

SOME EXISTING APPROACHES

  • ALA Spectrum Scholars
  • i3: iSchool Inclusion Institute

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ALA Spectrum Scholars:

The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA.

i3: iSchool Inclusion Institute
undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences.

SOME EXISTING APPROACHES

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SPI:

The Summer Predoctoral Institute (SPI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) provides incoming graduate students from U.S. populations underrepresented at Illinois with an early introduction to graduate study and an opportunity to work with a summer research advisor in their department. SPI will assist participants in becoming socialized into the departmental culture, as well as afford them an opportunity to prepare for the rigors of their graduate program.

RI:

the Researchers Initiative (RI) introduces undergraduate students residing in the four Urbana South living-learning communities to research by pairing them with faculty mentors. Living-learning communities are organized around themes and provide curricular and co-curricular programming for a designated group of students living in proximity to each other.

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“In the sciences we work towards increasing diversity in our pool of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, but this is not to impact the research itself but rather to impact the body of researchers who carry out research within their careers. Perhaps in some research areas in the humanities the diverse background of the researcher plays a significant role in the data and analysis within the research program itself?”

Inclusive Research

Communities that are included in research

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“Inclusive research is research where people with learning difficulties and learning disabilities are involved with:

  • coming up with the ideas for the research;
  • doing the research;
  • working out what has been found out from the research;
  • working out the meaning of what is found out;
  • telling people what has been found out in the research and what it means.”

The Inclusive Research Network, https://www.inclusiveresearch.net/

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“Processes for inclusive research design need to consciously and systematically take into account
potentially diverse and differing perspectives, epistemologies, values and needs and expectations”

McKemmish, Sue & Burstein, Frada & Manaszewicz, Rosetta & Fisher, Julie & Evans, Joanne. (2012). INCLUSIVE RESEARCH DESIGN. Information, Communication & Society. 15. 1-30. 10.1080/1369118X.2012.707225. Retrieved online from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/254296704_INCLUSIVE_RESEARCH_DESIGN

Inclusive Researchers

How can we as researchers change our work to be more inclusive?

Communities that research is communicated to (the public, professionals, other researchers)

THINGS RESEARCHERS DO

Research Questions & Study Design

Data Collection & Analysis

Publication & Presentation

ALSO, Teaching, Mentorship, Service, Administration, Outreach...

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THINGS RESEARCHERS DO

& QUESTIONS THEY CAN ASK

Research Questions & Study Design

Do my research interests address inequity? How could they improve?

How does the design of my research use existing structures, and what issues are inherent in them? (Same for funding)

What scholarship am I reading, what am I missing, and what authors are/are not represented?

Data Collection & Analysis

Who am I working with to access data?

Where does the data come from? What issues exist from its creation?

What systems (technical, social, or conceptual) am I using to analyze and represent this information?

Publication & Presentation

Where do I publish (open access, professional)?

Whom do I communicate to when I publish?

ALSO, Teaching, Mentorship, Service, Administration, Outreach...

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QUESTION THEMES

  • Audiences
  • Sources
  • Personal Biases
  • Structural Biases

Where to next?

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“In the sciences we work towards increasing diversity in our pool of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, but this is not to impact the research itself but rather to impact the body of researchers who carry out research within their careers. Perhaps in some research areas in the humanities the diverse background of the researcher plays a significant role in the data and analysis within the research program itself?”

Thanks to all the people who made and released these slide/design resources for free:

  • Presentation template by SlidesCarnival
  • Photographs by Unsplash

Thanks! Questions?

Inclusive Research - Google Slides