Bauer-Dantoin, Robinson, Zorn win UW System grant on ‘achievement gap’

Angela Bauer-Dantoin, associate professor of Human Biology; Shawn Robinson, an adviser with the American Intercultural Center; and Michael Zorn, associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, recently received notice they have earned a $15,100 grant from the UW-System Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The award will be used to address the achievement gap between white and multicultural undergraduate students enrolled in foundation science courses at UW-Green Bay.

During spring semester of 2009, the Human Biology Program collaborated with the AIC to pilot a program involving weekly discussion sections that targeted content areas in which multicultural students self-reportedly struggle. The objective was to foster a more inclusive environment in the sciences. Results from that test run indicate those efforts helped close the achievement gap between white and multicultural students in the introductory biology course HUB 102 (Introduction to Human Biology). The UW System grant will allow the UW-Green Bay team to expand this successful program to other biology and chemistry foundation courses.

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