April marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of diversity. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ‘diversity’ is the “condition of having or being composed of differing elements”, often referring to “the inclusion of different types of people.”
This month is a chance for us to acknowledge and honor our differences and individuality, while still remembering our commonalities. We are reminded that despite our gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and more, we are all still Americans.
The Wei LAB is celebrating Diversity Month with a series of research projects and events that pay honor and homage to both our differences and similarities.
Wei LAB Director Dr. Jackson and Assistant Director Dr. Charleston have been busy collecting data for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant research project. The project will study the effectiveness of various mentoring strategies and help broaden the participation of minority students in the STEM fields.
Wei LAB will be ending the month with the 10th Annual Hilliard and Sizemore Research Course on African Americans and Education, which will occur April 27th in San Antonio, TX.
The course will allow scholars and graduate students the opportunity to work directly with researchers on methods that inform studies of African Americans in education. This program aims to improve diversity efforts in schools by giving researchers tools that can be used to combat non-inclusive systemic problems found in our education system.
To learn more about these projects and events, check out the Wei LAB official website.