Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Statistics Classroom

Contributing author Heather Barker is a lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She teaches statistics courses as well as courses for mathematics education students. Her research interests lie in statistics education, text mining, and diversity/equity/inclusion pedagogy.

Contributing author Kirsten Doehler is an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Elon University. Her research interests include statistics education, survival analysis, and diversity/equity/inclusion. For more information, visit her faculty page.

Many colleges and universities have made a strong effort to make their campuses more inclusive to all people, especially those from underrepresented and historically marginalized minority groups. These efforts include faculty incorporating instruction that focuses on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) issues in their classroom. Statistics instructors have a unique opportunity to engage students in work around DEI considering there is an abundance of data available today to explore these issues. In this blog post, we share some of the data sets and activities we have used in our undergraduate introductory statistics classes to engage students in conversations around big issues that persist in marginalized groups.

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