Teaching STEM #4Real

Ep 08: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM

Stem 4 Real - Putting The D-E-I- In Our S-T-E-M

Welcome back to Teaching STEM #4Real! Today, we are joined by Stephanie Chrismon, a Black/biracial (Black/German), Queer, Afrofuturist, writer and educator who identifies as masculine of center. She presents and writes on various topics related to issues of race, sexuality, family karma, social justice, as well as generational theory using pop culture, literature, and art as critical tools in exploring social justice and dismantling oppression. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Stephanie was a participant in the 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose and was a fellow in the 2015 Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. Her writing has appeared in Water~Stone Review, MN Artists, The Root, Black Girl Nerds, Medium and is included in the anthology Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride. Her debut novel (under her pen name dc edwards), Bright City, was published in 2017.

She is currently the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant for the UW MESA state office via AmeriCorp and is also an independent DEI consultant with Avant Consulting Group and Strategic Diversity Initiatives which delves into DEI workshops and coaching.

Stephanie is a very proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, a Black Greek organization formed in 1920 on the Howard University campus. She has also been a member of the Sigma Beta Zeta chapter in Roseville, MN since December 2018.

Her favorite motto for Pride is “Pride started with a riot by Black/Brown LGBTQ+ folks!”

In this episode, we’ll chat about diversity, equity, and inclusion, how that fits into our leadership, and how DEI belongs in every space including math and science. We’ll also discuss the importance of working through our own personal biases and the ways we can better address intersectionality. Last but not least, Stephanie will tell us about her written work, the power of amplifying the word “nerd”, and of course, the importance of remembering the people who have fought this fight before us. Plus, Stephanie will talk about how her work in Stem4Real has helped inform her work for UW MESA. Keep listening to hear more!

Additional resources:

1. How the Stonewall Riots Sparked a Movement: https://youtu.be/Q9wdMJmuBlA

2. Medium: https://medium.com/@sdchrismon

3. AfroFuturism 1 & 2: https://youtu.be/mX43Uc5WQAw (part 1) https://youtu.be/AyP0wmNU0ko

Teaching STEM #4Real is a podcast dedicated to 4 real conversations on educational equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education hosted by Dr. Leena Bakshi. If you’re interested in exploring what anti-racism and socially just instruction look like in our classrooms, schools, and beyond, you are in the right place. Dr. Bakshi is also the founder of the non-profit, STEM4Real. Please visit our website for information on how to partner with us. Thank you for helping us make STEM for real.

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