Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The COAST Lab is committed to contributing to discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion at UCSB and beyond. We are committed in our support of our BIPOC colleagues and students and know that we all have a critical role to play in eradicating racism in academia through both individual learning and collective actions. The following list of resources were compiled in preparation for the #ShutDownSTEM strike on June 10, 2020 in support of the Black Lives Matter protests. This is a growing list that serves as both as a reminder of the work we have to do as well as facilitates access to these educational tools for our lab and the community.

White Academia: Do Better. (Jasmine Roberts, The Faculty by Medium, June 2020)
Action points for White academics from a Black academic.

The Diversity–Innovation Paradox in Science (Hofstra et al., PNAS April 28, 2020 117 (17) 9284-9291)
By analyzing data from nearly all US PhD recipients and their dissertations across three decades, this paper finds demographically underrepresented students innovate at higher rates than majority students, but their novel contributions are discounted and less likely to earn them academic positions. The discounting of minorities’ innovations may partly explain their underrepresentation in influential positions of academia.

National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking about race
This is an incredible resource for learning to talk about race, covering topics like bias, community building, and whiteness, amongst others.

Performative Allyship Is Deadly (Holiday Phillips, Forge by Medium, May 2020)
A performative ally is all talk and no action. A true ally is someone who “transfer[s] the benefits of their privilege to those who lack it.”

Performative allyship isn’t what I need from you, white men. (sunflowerqueen1977; Tenure, She Wrote; Aug. 2018)
Another quick read on what being an ally takes. “Real allyship is giving us the space, the platform, and the social capital to be taken seriously within the academy and other predominantly white spaces. Real allyship is speaking up when you hear departmental colleagues or peers say bigoted things, intervening when URMs are forced into unsafe situations by someone else’s exclusionary behaviors, and lending your privilege to us when we need it. “

White Fragility (R. DiAngelo, Intl. J. of Critical Pedagogy, Vol 3 (3) (2011) pp 54-70)
This paper explores how even a small amount of racial stress is intolerable and triggers a range of defensive moves for many white people