IDEAL: Intersectionality, Diversity, Equity, and Leadership



Talk and Discussion about Equity in Higher Education with Dr. Prudence Carter 

Friday, December 4th, 10:00-11:30 AM 

Beyond Representation: Honoring Principles, Embracing Difference, and Sharing Power in Higher Education.

In a brief lecture, Dr. Carter will discuss why societies marred by social and economic divides continue to struggle with the realization of integration in schools and communities. Her lecture will be followed by an open discussion.

olette Patt | People | NSF-I3

Speaker bio: Prudence L. Carter is a renowned scholar, award-winning author, and national expert on youth identity and race, urban poverty, and opportunity gaps in education. She is currently the E.H. and Mary E. Pardee Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley.  




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We are giving away 30 copies of her book “Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools (2012)” to attendees of this event through a lottery system.



Past IDEAL events:

Talk and Discussion about Diversifying STEM from PhD to Postdoc to Faculty with Dr. Colette Patt 

A model for addressing the nation’s severe underrepresentation of BIPOC faculty at research universities.


Wednesday, November 4th, 5:00-6:00 PM 


The US workforce in the mathematical, physical, environmental sciences, and engineering (MPESE) is severely lacking in underrepresented minorities (URMs). Little progress has been made in diversifying the nation’s MPESE professoriate for many reasons, and the problem is most acute at research universities. While URMs constitute more than 30% of the US population, the fraction of URMs among MPESE faculty at research universities is less than 5%. The fraction of URM PhD students in the MPESE fields is small and increasing too slowly; it has doubled from about 5% to about 10% over the past 25 years. Why has there not been comparable progress in diversifying the MPESE faculty and might research universities meet their responsibility to solve the problem? 

This talk will describe the dimensions of the problem and discuss a new collaborative model to address attrition of URM graduate students after their PhD and further attrition from the postdoc to faculty level.

olette Patt | People | NSF-I3

Speaker bio: Dr. Colette E. Patt is the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division (MPS), at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Patt’s scholarly work focuses on institutional change, academic life, identity, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and socio-economic status in higher education. Dr. Patt directs the California Alliance (National Science Foundation-AGEP); Research Exchange (National Science Foundation-AGEP); Berkeley Science Network Leadership Program (National Science Foundation-S-STEM); Identity, Structure, Belonging (National Science Foundation-IGE), and Math Essentials (Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation). Dr. Patt received her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education at UC Berkeley in 1995.





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