Understanding racial literacy through acts of (un)masking: Latinx teachers in a new Latinx diaspora community

Dr. Soria Colomer, Assistant Professor in Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in the College of Education, has a new article published in the Journal of Race Ethnicity and Education.  This study analyzes the storytelling of six Latinx teachers to reveal the challenges and tensions that arise when Latinx teachers try to define their identity in social spaces. It also encourages the use of storytelling as a pedagogical tool to develop racial literacy skills.

Defining a STEM Identity

Lynn Dierking's work in Free-Choice learning and STEM garnered her a spot in a recent interview by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). They interviewed 13 researchers, discussing what "identity" means in the context of informal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and science communication. Many researchers, educators, and designers intend for students to develop a STEM identity as a result of their participation in educational programs, studies and projects.  The interviews aim to understand what having a STEM identity means.