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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Dr. Michael Young
Iowa State University
Equity in the Mathematics Classroom
4:20 – 4:50 PM
Many students grow a distaste for mathematics, while others just choose to completely avoid it all together, because of their experiences within the subject. The mathematics classroom is not always an effective place of learning. This is particularly true for women and students of color. This talk will discuss the ideas and research of the ”Designing Equity by Thinking in and about Mathematics” and the NSF INCLUDES ”Building on Strengths” projects and how these projects are disrupting inequities in the mathematics classroom.
Michael Young is an Associate Professor of mathematics at Iowa State University. His primary research area is Discrete Mathematics, particularly graph theory and combinatorics. Recently, he has had a focus on equity in the mathematics classroom. Most of this work has been through teacher professional development on creating inclusive mathematics learning spaces. He is responsible for establishing the Mathematicians of Color Alliance (MOCA). MOCA consists of the underrepresented graduate and undergraduate mathematics students and was created with the goals of recruiting, retention, and vertical mentoring. In addition, Dr. Young is co-director of ISU’s Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Mathematics.