College scholars receive SF BUILD mini-grant

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

A team of six scholars from the College of Health & Social Sciences has received a mini-grant this spring from SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity). Funded by the NIH, SF BUILD is a collaboration of SF State College of Science and Engineering faculty and UCSF to increase underrepresented minority students in science, technology and math careers. The CHSS team proposed to test its SAFE model, a theoretical framework that proposes that stereotype threat undermines the performance of many students in our classrooms, and particularly affects their confidence in quantitative courses. The team is redesigning the research and statistics introductory courses for undergraduates in three departments and will test the new courses in the fall. These new courses will be developed through a social justice lens, and using training of instructors to reduce stereotype threat in written and oral materials.

The team includes Nicole Bolter (Kinesiology), Jocelyn Hermoso (Social Work), Sherria Taylor (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics), Maria Veri (Kinesiology), Juliana van Olphen (Health Education), and Mickey Eliason (Health Education/CHSS Dean’s Office).

members of CHSS pedagogy team

Pictured left to right: Sherria Taylor, Juliana van Olphen (standing), Maria Veri, Nicole Bolter and Jocelyn Hermoso