Title: Students' exploring and refining their equity ethic within the Access Network
Gina Quan, Assistant Professor of Physics, San Jose State University
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 3:00pm on Zoom
Abstract: The Access Network is an organization that supports vibrant interactions among students and faculty engaging in equity work in the physical sciences. The network consists of nine university-based programs (called “sites”) from across the United States. Our organization’s goals are to support equity within the physical sciences, create meaningful opportunities for students to lead equity efforts, and work toward a physical science culture where equity and justice are foregrounded. This talk will be divided into two parts. First, I will discuss our organization’s values, the culture we aim to cultivate, and how our commitments are enacted within our network’s activities. Second, I will discuss one area of research into understanding how students adopt and refine a commitment to equity work, drawing on McGee and Bentley's framework of "equity ethic" (EE). Through interviews with student leaders, we model components of students' EEs and how their EEs are influenced by their participation in Access. Student accounts illustrate that they are invested in improving equity within their disciplinary communities and see progress toward these goals as an important measure of success.