Place of Christian Colleges in Increasing STEM Diversity — For: CAO's, STEM deans, chief diversity officers, directors of research
This seminar will discuss core findings from the largest and most comprehensive international study of scientists' attitudes toward religion, gender, and ethics ever undertaken, including a survey of 20,000 scientists and in-depth interviews with over 600 of them in addition to research insights from US-based work on how Christians (especially Black and Hispanic Christians ) see the relationship of science and faith. The speakers will explore ways that CCCU school leaders might engage with and understand the impact of both religion and science on society to increase racial and gender representation in science.
Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Science, Professor of Sociology, and Sociology Director of Graduate Studies at Rice University, where she has also directed the Religion and Public Life Program for the past ten years. She studies how people bring changes to the larger institutions that constrain them, examining this topic in relationship to scientific and religious institutions, through the lenses of gender, race, and immigration. Ecklund was the 2013 Winner of the Rice University Duncan Award for Academic Achievement, a 2018 Gifford lecturer, and 2019 President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her latest book is Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values that Move Us Beyond Fear.
Cleve V. Tinsley IV is Assistant Professor of History, Religion, and Africana Studies at Virginia Union University, where he has also been appointed as the Inaugural Director of the Center for African American History and Culture (CAAHC). A scholar of race, religion, and Black studies, Dr. Tinsley employs interdisciplinary theoretical and analytic strategies in research that seeks to uncover the nature and meaning of Black American identity, in the lives of African Americans today. Tinsley is also a scholar with the Religion and Public Life program (RPLP) at Rice University.