The Equity and Inclusion Journal Club (EIJC) meets on a weekly basis in the spring to discuss issues of equity and inclusion in science. The EIJC takes as its stance that the practice and culture of science are not immune to the widespread inequality in society as a whole. The underrepresentation of people of color (e.g., blacks, Latinx, Indigenous Americans) and women in STEM fields at all academic levels—from science majors, to graduate students, to postdoctoral researchers, to faculty—is a long-standing and well-documented problem. It is a problem rooted in the structural racism and sexism embedded in every sector of society (e.g., education, health care, housing, employment). In seeking to create a more equitable scientific community at Harvard, the EIJC aims to foster honest discussions about the historical, systematic, and structural nature of inequality.
The objectives of the EIJC include the following:
- To open a dialog among students and educators about the causes of the dearth of diversity in academic and professional science.
- To help participants understand how the special challenges experienced by the underrepresented student can affect the student's learning in the classroom.
- To seek solutions that can be implemented at Harvard to make the scientific community more equitable.
On this website, you will find resources—including articles and presentations—that have been compiled by the organizers and participants of the EIJC. The EIJC is open to all at Harvard and welcomes feedback from the community.
History and Organization
The EIJC was founded by Nia Imara in 2018 and was originally co-organized with Anna Pancoast. In spring 2019, the EIJC was co-organized by Juliana Garcia-Mejia, Tanveer Karim, Jamila Pegues and Anna Rosen. Currently (spring 2020), the EIJC is co-organized by Kelly Blumenthal, Daniel Castro, and Jamila Pegues. The original website was designed by Philip Rosenfield. The Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learning (HILT) sponsored the first EIJC in 2018. We are grateful to the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian for sponsoring the EIJC in 2019 and 2020.