Science of Broadening Participation Workshop, 2008

The National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop, "A Science of Broadening Participation (D. Sekaquaptewa, PI)," was held at the National Science Foundation on June 23-24, 2008.  This website includes information about the Workshop. 

Materials from the Workshop, including presentation slides, are available under the "NSF Workshop Materials" link at the left.

Description of the Workshop 

Research across the social, behavioral, and economic sciences has shown that access, inclusion and retention for ethnic minorities and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields continues to be well below their proportional representation in the United States.  However, we noted that researchers across fields in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences have been accumulating a mass of research evidence and information on this issue, from their differing perspectives.  Therefore, we convened this workshop to begin a conversation amongst representatives from the SBE fields about a vision of a Science of Broadening Participation.  A science of broadening participation would employ a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to answer research questions related to issues of access, inclusion, and retention in STEM fields including the role that organizations and institutions play in structuring incentives and rewards for the promotion of science. 

Invited Workshop Participants

Elijah Anderson, Department of Sociology, Yale University,

Marc Bendick, Bendick and Egan Economic Consultants, Inc., Washington DC, 

H. Russell Bernard, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida,

Rebecca Bigler, Department of Psychology, University of Texas-Austin,

Anne Charity, Department of English Language and Literature, College of William and Mary,

Donna Christian, President, Center for Applied Linguistics,

Faye Crosby, Department of Psychology, University of California-Santa Cruz,

Ron Eglash, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,

Mark Hernandez, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder,

Vincent L. Hutchings, Department of Political Science and Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan,

Ann Kingsolver, Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina,

Corinne Kirchner, Sociomedical Sciences and Sociology, Columbia University and American Foundation for the Blind, 

Judith Kroll, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University,

Alison Konrad, School of Business, University of Western Ontario,

Victoria Lawson, Department of Geography, University of Washington,

Helen Longino, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University,

Samuel R. Lucas, Department of Sociology, University of California-Berkeley,

Ali Modarres, College of Natural & Social Sciences, California State University-Los Angeles,

Mary Margaret (Peggy) Overbey, Understanding Race and Human Variation Project, American Anthropological Association,

Donna Nelson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma,

Dianne Pinderhughes, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,

Ruth Delois Peterson, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University,

Victoria Plaut, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia,

Quinetta Roberson, ILR (Industrial & Labor Relations) School, Cornell University,

Joni Seager, Department of Geography, CUNY Hunter College,

Denise Sekaquaptewa, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan,