2020 Massachusetts PKAL Network Winter Meeting

Building an Equitable and Inclusive STEM Community: Best Practices for Faculty

January 15, 2020
Framingham State University
McCarthy Center
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701-9101

Deadlines: 
Call for Proposals: December 15, 2019
Event Registration: January 6, 2020

Event Overview
Faculty and administrators from 2- and 4- year colleges and universities are invited to the Massachusetts PKAL Network Winter 2020 meeting at Framingham State University on January 15, 2020. Join STEM faculty and administrators in a day of workshops and presentations exploring Building an Equitable and Inclusive STEM Community: Best Practices for Faculty. The keynote talk is Food and Housing Insecurity in MA College Students and wil be presented by Katy Abel, Associate Commissioner for External Affairs and Special Projects, MA Department of Higher Education. Registration fee waivers for non-tenure-track faculty are available. 

Call for Proposals
Proposals are welcomed to share best practices in building an inclusive and equitable STEM community. We particularly welcome proposals for topics such as:

  • Efforts to build community in STEM departments among faculty and students of all levels
  • Helping students navigate the hidden curriculum (norms, values, and expectations associated with higher education)
  • Course policies that promote inclusion and equity
  • Addressing social issues of justice, acceptance, and inclusion within the context of STEM classrooms
  • The role of adjunct faculty in our STEM communities
  • Other inclusive practices for building an equitable STEM community

To submit a proposal, please visit the proposal submission page

Event Registration
Click HERE to register. The general registration fee is $60 per person and include lunch. The registration deadline is January 6. Space is limited. 

Non-tenure-track STEM faculty are encouraged to attend, and are eligible to receive a registration fee waiver. Waivers are limited. First-come, first served. The waiver is contingent on participation in a one-hour listening session for non-tenure track STEM faculty attendees and the PKAL executive office. This listening session will serve to inform the future ways in which PKAL is able to ensure that the professional development needs of our non-tenure track colleagues are met. To receive the waiver, register online and select "Non-Tenture-Track" registration. 

About Framingham State University
Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 5,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

Questions? Please contact Amanda Simons at asimons@framingham.edu.