Initial Publication Date: December 19, 2016

About the ASCN Blog

Invitation to Contributors

We invite blogs that support the mission statements of ASCN Equity and Inclusion Working Group or the broader ASCN mission. Posts may be authored at the invitation of the WG5 editorial board, by invitation from the ASCN Hub, or by author submission.

ASCN Blog Invitation

The ASCN blog is a platform to engage scholars and practitioners, those who are already involved with ASCN work, and the wider community of researchers and practitioners who are engaged in or supporting pedagogical, curricular, and culture change in higher education. The blog serves to:

  1. Inform stakeholders about the work of ASCN (updates from the working groups, highlights about resources on our site, information about our meetings and conferences, etc.).
  2. Disseminate knowledge and expertise of scholars and practitioners by encouraging guest posts that align with the vision of the ASCN, show clear connection to our work, and contribute to learning and sharing knowledge or expertise.
  3. Facilitate discussions about relevant frameworks, articles, books, and tools that align with the vision and principles of ASCN but also support change agents everywhere.

ASCN Diversity Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in STEMM Blog

The ASCN Equity and Inclusion Working Group are calling for blog posts around diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and social justice in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) programs, classrooms and departments. Some potential areas for discussion include:

  • Changing the culture around introductory "weed out" courses
  • Defining what diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice mean in the classroom
  • Creating diversity statements for STEMM departments
  • Approaching positionality in the classroom
  • Addressing the pushback to Critical Race Theory on campuses
  • Including historically marginalized students in decision-making processes 

If you have an idea for a blog post, please contact us at with the subject line: "ASCN Blog". In the body of your email please include:

  • the topic of your blog;
  • co-author(s);
  • a description of how the blog relates to the Working Group 5 Mission or ASCN mission;

Terms of Use

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If you develop an institutional change project based on an idea that you gleaned from the ASCN blog, please let us know. Developing and collecting new new and interdisciplinary research on institutional change is one of the goals of the project.

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