Diversifying Economic Quality
Div.E.Q. promotes inclusive, innovative, and evidence-based teaching practices in economics.
This resource is provided by Amanda Bayer and the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession. Read more.
- Add these videos to your course.
- Share a growth mindset with your students.
- Use active learning techniques.
- Offer wise feedback to build trust across identity differences.
- Consider the impact of wait time.
- Promote inclusive communication.
- Establish class discussion guidelines.
- Get to know your students as individuals.
- Reduce stereotype threat.
- Provide course content that all students find relevant.
- Develop a smart assessment strategy.
- Share these study tips.
- Align course content with Div.E.Q. Standards for Introducing Economics to High School and College Students.
- Assess the gender and racial balance of your syllabus.
- Acknowledge the biases in our textbooks.
- Teach anti-racist courses.
- Discuss alternative economic approaches.
- Employ technology wisely.
- Incorporate service learning.
- Provide opportunities to do research.
- Reflect on personal prejudices.
- Reduce structural barriers in your classroom.
- Teach with nuance and humility.
- Read this note to students written by a fellow student.
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- Follow AEA Best Practices for Economists.
- Educate yourself on the history of race and racism in the economy and in economics itself, and then take action.
- Read about the professional climate in economics and note that the vast majority of economists believe economics would be a more vibrant discipline if it were more diverse.
- Actively recruit students who may be underprepared, unsure, or unaware.
- Update your department webpage to share information and opportunities broadly.
- Diversify your speakers using the Diversifying Economics Seminars database.
- Organize and support mentoring by faculty and by peers.
- Design your curriculum to teach essential competencies in economics, and provide students with learning outcomes and rubrics.
- Move beyond the standard introduction to economics.
- Offer a course on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Economics.
- Develop a bridge program.
- Recruit and retain a diverse faculty.
- Take a proactive approach to building diversity and inclusion. Work to ensure that faculty actions and departmental programs and policies embody the AEA’s Best Practices for Economists Building a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Productive Profession. Appoint a departmental diversity and inclusion committee to help.
- Compete for AEA recognition and awards.
- See Div.E.Q. live at the 2022 ASSA meetings!
- Div.E.Q. expands! Check out the AEA’s Best Practices for Economists for evidence-based ways to conduct research, serve as a colleague, work with students, and manage workplaces.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education features Div.E.Q. as a diversity initiative having success!