Learning Narratives from Students of Color in STEM Classrooms

Learning Narratives from Students of Color in STEM Classrooms

Danielle Flores Lopez, Kendra Pyle, Lazarius Miller, and a panel of undergraduate STEM students

Thursday, February 16, 11:30 - 1:30

3405 Engineering

Lunch Provided


Results from the recent student climate survey and research on the benefits of an inclusive classroom suggest that hidden bias, microaggressions, and discrimination have a large impact on student success. This workshop will feature a facilitated discussion on the how to create an inclusive classroom, based on actual MSU student experiences. A panel of undergraduate STEM students from minoritized groups will share their stories from MSU classrooms and give feedback on specific strategies to create an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment so that all students can be more successful.


Kendra Pyle is an Academic Specialist in the College of Natural Science. She advises undergraduate majors in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Plant Biology. Kendra also chairs the NatSci Council on Diversity & Community (CDC). Last spring, she organized a workshop series for the CDC called Towards Racial Equity: Creating a More Inclusive Science Community.

Danielle Flores Lopez is the Assistant Director of Student Success for the College of Natural Science. She advises Biological and Physical Science-Interdepartmental majors, students who have academic concerns, and assists with student success initiatives. Danielle is a member of the NatSci Council on Diversity & Community.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Lazarius Miller began his collegiate studies as a Biological Science – Interdepartmental Major with the intent to teach middle and high school science. During his time at MSU, Lazarius has been involved in many different activities and leadership positions that had prepared him for his career, and better informed him of his passion for working with students. Last school year, as a Dean’s Research Scholar, Student Advisory Council Undergraduate Co-Chair, and member of the scholarship selection committee, Lazarius served and represented the College of Natural Science in many different capacities. A fifth year senior, Lazarius plans to graduate with his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biological Sciences in May 2017, in which he will then pursue a career in Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education.

Video of Workshop

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