An Invitation to Join the Conversation about Race, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Academia
In the past weeks, we’ve been witnessing a global movement against racism, discrimination, injustice, dehumanization.
The role of Academia and Education has never been more important. We can do better. We need to do better.
The moment we are going through requires us to develop informed, necessary, and meaningful conversation around racism.
We have become blind to numerous forms of racism happening in Academia, such as the underrepresentation of Black, Latinx, Muslim, Jewish, and indigenous faculty and students. Or the lack of diverse perspectives in our syllabus. If we acknowledge that racism exists inside Academia we can then develop the skills to work past the fragility of our privileged identities and enact a structural change in our system.
We need to do better, Professor Jasmine Roberts explains.
The reason I started The Faculty was to open the conversation about a better Academia. I wanted to create an open space where academics, educators, scientists, students, and everyone who wants to disrupt the education and scientific research system can share stories and thoughts. A place where we can question ourselves and our systems and enact the change we all need. A place where we share ideas and develop actions to change our approach to education, science, and research.
The Faculty is a place where academics, educators, scientists, students, and everyone who wants to disrupt the education and scientific research system can share stories and thoughts.
As the editor, I would like to call all academics and non-academics to join the discussion on how we can make our classrooms, curriculum, and schools a more inclusive one. I would like you to help us lead the change and share your insights on how we can talk and educate ourselves and others about race and ethnicity. I believe that together we can lead the change. So if you want to contribute to the conversation, please join us here.
My most sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the faculty, staff, students, professional educators, post-grads all around the world who are joining the conversation and have shared with us their most personal stories, inviting us to lead the change and do better.
Maria Angel Ferrero is Assistant Professor in Finance and Entrepreneurship at the University of Montpellier School of Management (IAE), in France. Her teaching pedagogy is based on active learning approaches and the use of technology and gamification. She is highly involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in France and Colombia always in the quest for providing students with better entrepreneurial education and learning experience. Her cross-disciplinary research brings together behavioral finance, psychology and entrepreneurship theories and approaches to explore the behavior and thinking of entrepreneurs. In 2016 she was awarded the prize for Best Ph.D. Thesis in Corporate Finance awarded by the French National Association of Finance. She runs a blog on Medium.comwhere she shares her toughts on education, science and pedagogical innovation. You can find her in social media twitter @mangelferrero , Medium @miss.startup , Instagram @miss.startup
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