Diversity and Your Department

Resources for addressing diversity and inclusion


American Chemical Society. (n.d.). Diversity & Inclusion. Retrieved from http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/acs/welcoming/diversity.html

This website contains numerous links to different organizations and awards focusing on diversity in chemistry. This is a good place to see what other people are doing in the field and inspire your own projects.

Hernandez, R., & Watt, S. (2014). A Top-Down Approach for Diversity and Inclusion in Chemistry Departments. In H. N. Cheng, S. Shah, & M. L. Wu (Eds.), Careers, Entrepreneurship, and Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities (Vol. 1169, pp. 207–224). Washington: Amer Chemical Soc. (PDF)

This article is a very general overview of the definitions of diversity and how diversity plays out in the field of chemistry. Hernandez and Watt note that singular conferences and events are organized to address diversity in chemistry, but sweeping systemic changes are necessary for lasting change. This is a good introductory piece that offers several practical tips.

Popejoy, K., & Asala, K. S. (2013). A Team Approach to Successful Learning: Peer Learning Coaches in Chemistry. Journal of College Science Teaching, 42(3), 18–23. (PDF)

This article looks at why so many students fail and drop out of introductory chemistry courses. It then proposes a method, "Team Approach to Successful Learning", that engages students in peer learning and helps to raise test scores and retention. This article is recommended to any intro science instructor.