AWARE-AI NRT: Workshop on Diversity Statements

Workshop on Diversity Statements
Facilitator: Scott Franklin, Ph.D., Director of CASTLE, the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning & Evaluation

AWARE-AI Trainees and other graduate students will understand the increasing importance of diversity statements in faculty job applications, and in identifying diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice aspects and students will engage in activities that can be integrated into a diversity statement.

Dr. Scott Franklin received his Ph.D. in physics from the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin and then undertook an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in STEM Education at Dickinson College. Since arriving at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000, he has maintained two distinct research labs, advising numerous undergraduate researchers in both. His granular physics lab investigates powders and grains that, because of the particle shape, entangle and cohere. Relevant shapes include long, thin rods, U-shaped staples and needle-like pharmaceutical powders. His physics education research lab has studied how physicists attach conceptual meaning to mathematical formalism and, more recently, how student identities (e.g. deaf/hard-of-hearing, race and gender) lead to different experiences in classroom and research group interactions. He also directs RIT’s HHMI-funded Inclusive Excellence project, which works with faculty to develop more inclusive classroom and research environments. In his free time, he plays Ultimate frisbee and consumes unhealthy amounts of espresso.

Hosted by the AWARE-AI NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program, this free workshop welcomes NRT Trainees and other RIT graduate students. The workshop requires registration. Please register by sending an email to

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Event Snapshot
When and Where
February 20, 2023
2:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Room/Location: TBD

Open to the Public

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