April 24, 2020

Practicing Social Justice in Engineering & Physical Science

CIRGE and the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) of UC Berkeley co-sponsored  the second version of the series “Committing ourselves to Social Justice: Doctoral Education for Complex Times” . Colette Patt, the Science Diversity Programs director at the UC Berkeley; and Khalid Kadir, lecturer in the college of engineering at the same institution, shared how they practice social justice in their respective professional arenas.

See the record of this webinar here

Colette Patt’s presentation

Khalid Kadir’s presentation




Learn more about the series: Committing ourselves to Social Justice: Doctoral Education for Complex Times

In times of rising nationalist governments, environmental crisis, hate speech and acts against marginalized communities, the intellectual drivers and engaged community of doctoral education, have a responsibility to question the norms and values that cause inequality and exclusion in society at the local, national, and global levels.

Doctoral education is the most advanced level of education that individuals can achieve and one of the spaces where different types of knowledge are discovered, passed on from one generation of scholars to the next, and re-interpreted in the process. These functions give doctoral education unique access to individuals and institutions that are in positions of authority in different nations, and consequently, an extra responsibility to work toward democracy, inclusion, diversity, and equity; in short, social justice.

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1st session: November 18th 2019: Viewing the landscape of doctoral education against the horizon of policy: Placing ourselves in the academic arboretum, by Dr. Amy Scott Metcalfe, University of British Columbia

2nd session,  April 1st 2020: Practicing social justice during doctoral education: Insights from physical sciences & engineering, by Colette Patt  & Khalid Kadir (UC Berkeley)

3rd session, July 21st 2020: Beyond Theory: Practicing social justice in the design and implementation of doctoral programs in education, by Barbara Grant (University of Auckland) and Sioux McKenna (Rhodes University).