Initial Publication Date: August 26, 2022

The PULSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Rubric: A Resource for Departmental Self-Assessment

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

9:30 - 10:30 am PT | 10:30 - 11:30 am MT | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CT | 12:30 - 1:30 pm ET

Presenters: Kate Marley, Doane College; and Pamela Pape-Lindstrom; Harford Community College

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The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) is a community of life sciences leaders committed to educational practices that best prepare undergraduate students to tackle 21st-century challenges. Recent events of violence, injustice, systemic racism, and the national movement to rethink how colleges and universities could address such inequities, has motivated PULSE to create the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Rubric to complement the original five rubrics (Brancaccio-Taras et al. 2016). The DEI Rubric was created for STEM departments' self-assessment of DEI efforts via: review of their practices and pedagogies; initiation of dialogue about departmental and institutional equity gaps; and determination of a departmental consensus score for each rubric criterion. The DEI rubric is also applicable to non-STEM departments. In this session, presenters will describe the use of the DEI Rubric and participants will engage with the rubric and discuss how to enhance DEI work in their department.


This webinar is designed for STEM faculty, disciplinary, and institutional change makers (e.g., department chairs, vice provosts, administrators, faculty learning community facilitators, disciplinary association members and leaders). It may have particular interest for those considering and implementing change to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially at a departmental level.


By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand how to effectively use the DEI Rubric to identify inequities in the STEM education of Persons Excluded due to Ethnicity or Race (PEERs).
  2. Develop strategies to begin departmental discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  3. Start outlining plans to enhance DEI work within a department, institution, and across multiple institution types
  4. Share perspectives about the usefulness of the PULSE DEI Rubric to engage institutions and advance DEI work.


Registration deadline: Sunday, November 13, 2022

Time - 9:30 am PT | 10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET
Duration - 60 minutes
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for more information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

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Kate Marley
Doane College
Kate Marley, Doane College

Kate Marley is a professor of Biology and chair of the STEM division at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. She is also a co-director for the university's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) supporting faculty professional development across the university. She is an assistant director for a National Endowment for the Humanities grant focused on integrating humanities learning and coursework into the professional development of students in the sciences and social sciences. Kate has served as a fellow with the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) where she has worked to support life science departments across the country transforming their programs to be more student centered, inclusive and effective at fostering success of all students.

Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Harford Community College

Pamela Pape-Lindstrom earned a PhD in Biology from the University of South Carolina in the field of marine ecology. She taught in community colleges for twenty years and developed courses in sustainability and systems thinking. In 2012 she became a founding Fellow of the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education working on organizational change initiatives in STEM education. In 2017, she became the Dean of STEM at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD. Dr. Pape-Lindstrom has had past NSF support for research in biology education and organizational change in life sciences education. Presently she is a co-PI on an ATE grant to improve access to biotechnology certificate and degree programs for under-represented students at HCC.