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Diversity in science is essential. Two reasons and a problem. 1. Diversity benefits science. D iversity i s a property of a group . Science depends on groups. D iversity a dds : ( i ) perspective, ( ii) interpretation , (iii) tools .

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diversity in science is essential

Diversity in science is essential

Two reasons and a problem

1 diversity benefits science
1. Diversity benefits science.
  • Diversity is a property of a group.
  • Science depends on groups.
  • Diversity adds: (i) perspective,
  • (ii) interpretation, (iii) tools.
  • Scientific breakthrough often results from a different approach, a different interpretation, and/or a different set of tools.
  • Diversity trumps homogeneity and ability when:
  • (i) hard problem, (ii) multiple ways to look at the problem; (iii) large set of problem-solvers

- Scott Page, The Difference, 2007, Princeton University Press

2 future scientists from a diverse talent pool
2. Future scientists from a diverse talent pool.
  • “Majority Minority”
  • U.S. population - 2042
  • U.S. 18 yrs and younger - 2018

Persons, in millions

2010 2050

problem we fail to take advantage of the diverse talent pool
Problem: We fail to take advantage of the diverse talent pool

Scientific workforce

U.S. talent pool

9% URM

29 %

URM

NSF data for 2006, from Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation, National Academies, 2011.

persistence of undergrad stem aspirants
Persistence of undergrad STEM aspirants

Data from Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA

5-year completion

of 2004 STEM aspirants

purdue university

Purdue University

Strategies and Numbers

slide8

“The College of Science will engage its entire membership in promoting the shared responsibility for diversity so that we can build a community of excellence within the college that reflects the diversity of Indiana and the nation and where underrepresented groups achieve a self-sustaining critical mass of faculty, students, and staff with opportunities for growth and professional success.”

Insight, Innovation, Impact

The College of Science 2008-2014 Strategic Plan

strategies
Strategies…

21. Targeted opportunities to increase the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students…

22. Written departmental plans for achieving diversity….climate issues must be addressed in these plans….

23. Leadership training and leadership opportunities….

24. Institutionalize diversity….

increase plans climate training institutionalize

…increase….plans….climate….training….institutionalize…increase….plans….climate….training….institutionalize

Numbers and competencies

n umbers baseline
Numbers: baseline

29% URMs

15.2% URMs

6.8% URMs

23 leadership training and leadership opportunities

23. Leadership training and leadership opportunities….

Competencies

Learn to talk about difference

from commitment to progress
From “commitment” to progress…
  • Specific goals owned by all
  • Know your baseline numbers
  • Measure progress toward goals
slide16

“This strategic plan is our roadmap for excellence and affirms our determination to retain our top ranking as one of the premier scientific hubs in the world.”

Insight, Innovation, Impact

Purdue College of Science Strategic Plan

2008-2014

undergraduate years are critical
Undergraduate years are critical

Fraction who are Underrepresented Minorities (%)

US population undergrads science science

baccalaureates PhDs

NSF WEBCASPAR (2000-05)

persistence of undergrad stem aspirants1
Persistence of undergrad STEM aspirants

Complete Persist Switch Drop out

G. Huang et al., 2000, Entry and persistence of women and minorities in college science and engineering education, US. Dept. Education, National Center for Education Statistics

slide21

22. Written departmental plans for achieving diversity….climate issues must be addressed in these plans….