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collage of female and BIPOC mathematicians

Our adult education students represent a multitude of backgrounds and cultures, yet they may not feel these are reflected in the math classroom or in STEM fields. In this webinar, we’ll learn about female and black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) mathematicians whose stories and many contributions were erased from history. Educating ourselves and our students about these "invisible" STEM pioneers is a step towards what Dr. Gholdy Muhammad calls historically responsive education (instruction responsive to the histories, identities, literacies, and liberation of students). When students see themselves represented in STEM fields, they may be better able to see themselves succeeding at math.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • All adult education math practitioners

A first step in creating a more equitable and inclusive math classroom is to learn how students can feel marginalized in the classroom, and how important it is to address the feeling of invisibility. In this webinar, we will spotlight great female and BIPOC mathematicians whose stories and contributions have been largely omitted from mainstream historical accounts. Research on STEM and how women and BIPOC communities are overlooked will also be discussed.

Please note: About one week before the event, registrants will receive a separate email from from the SABES Math Team at TERC with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Value the importance of making students feel “visible”
  • Provide inspiring examples of female and BIPOC mathematicians whose STEM contributions have been overlooked
  • Explain why it’s important for marginalized students to see themselves represented in STEM
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy