Mathematics professor Zeynep Teymuroglu recently presented a webinar entitled “Socially Relevant Teaching in the Time of COVID-19” at the STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series.
The webinar series is a cooperative effort by four online communities focused on fostering academic and ideological diversity within their respective fields: EDSIN (Environmental Data Science Inclusion Network), B(ui)LDS (Biological Universal and Inclusive Learning in Data Science, BLUE (Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education), iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections), and QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis).
Teymuroglu presented alongside colleagues from other institutions, including Joanna Wares (The University of Richmond), Marcella Torres (The University of Richmond), Casey Hawthorne, and Grace Stadnyk (Furman University).
The team’s webinar included activities and projects to address complex social issues related to COVID-19, such as inequality in testing, wealth distributions, and race/ethnicity issues. Preliminary data suggest that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts minorities and low-income households. Some of the modules focused on using mathematics to resolve these inequities, helping facilitate rich discussions in the classroom.