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Understanding the Impact of Inequity on Student Learning Experiences During a Time of Multiple Crises

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Engineering Physics and Physics Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Physics and Physics

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14

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https://strategy.asee.org/37968

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27

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Geraldine L. Cochran Rutgers University

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Dr. Geraldine Cochran is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University. She is a physics education researcher and teaches the large enrollment, introductory physics courses for engineering students. She supports STEM education research and outreach projects, and diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice efforts in physics and STEM.

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Bryce Troncone Rutgers University

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Bryce Troncone is an undergraduate at Rutgers University, majoring in Applied Sciences Engineering and Planetary Science. His future endeavors include working on spacecraft technology for his career path.

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Bianca R. Evangelista Rutgers University

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Bianca Evangelista is an undergraduate student pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering and a Packaging Certificate at Rutgers University New Brunswick, originally from Long Island, New York. In addition, she is a former Learning Assistant and current Part-Time Lecturer for an introductory physics course for engineering majors. She has an interest in the future of education and believes in the improvement of society through values such as equity and knowledge. Proportionate with her passions, Bianca aspires to work in the field of consumer product research and development with a specialization in cosmetics and eventually mentor other young engineers in professional development.

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Pablo J. Cueva Vera Rutgers University

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My name is Pablo Cueva Vera and I am from Elizabeth, NJ. I am an Aerospace Engineer major with a minor in mathematics. I recently transferred from the School of Arts and Sciences into the School of Engineering as I realized becoming an engineer would be a fulfilling career path. My interests lie in astronomy and space exploration, and I hope to gain opportunities that would allow me to further deepen these passions. As for my involvement, I am part of the Packaging Engineering club and I enjoy spending my free time engaging in sports as well as volunteering. In addition, I am also part of LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) as a research student, and I occasionally tutor in both mathematics and Spanish which allows me to help other students who may be struggling to succeed in those subjects.

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Gafar O. Tajudeen Rutgers University

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Gafar Tajudeen is pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers University New Brunswick. He is a former Learning Assistant in physics and various mathematics courses for the engineering majors. In addition to this, he is part of the Minority Engineering Educational Task (the Rutgers NSBE chapter), the National Society of Black Engineers. He has an interest in electrical cars and medical devices. At the same time, he hopes to help inspire a future generation of STEM students and help the current ones achieve their utmost potential.

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Nazeer Mosley Rutgers University

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Nazeer Mosley is an undergraduate student at Rutgers University New Brunswick, majoring in Applied Sciences and Engineering. They are also an LA for an introductory Physics course for Engineering Majors. With interests in studying the nature of the universe and creation, they hope to one day find ways to use these interests to not only discover or create something to better society, but to spark a revolution for the entire collective mindstate of humanity and beyond.

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Russell Thomas Soto Rutgers University

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Russell Soto is an undergraduate student pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers University New Brunswick, coming from Jersey City, New Jersey. He is a former Learning Assistant and current Part-Time Lecturer for an introductory physics course for engineering majors. Russell's interests include working in the motorsport and automotive industries, particularly in those that further automotive technologies such as Formula One. He hopes to inspire young engineers to pursue careers in line with their passions, and has an interest in the future of education, as he believes in it having a pivotal role towards furthering society.

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Nathaniel Debebe Asefa Rutgers University

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Nathaniel Asefa is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers School of Engineering with a concentration in tissue engineering. An active member in the Rutgers LSAMP program and the Rutgers Brazilian jiu-jitsu club. Recently dedicating his time to the development of iOS and Android applications. Also, he is currently studying the mathematics behind Machine Learning to develop a well-rounded knowledge of the high-level API needed to use programming libraries such as Tensorflow.

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Nkenna Opara Rutgers University

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Nkenna Opara is a student from Marlton, NJ pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers School of Engineering with a minor in math. A current member of the Learning Assistant program for Rutgers University in the physics department and the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP). Nkenna Oparas’ interests include working in cyber security or programming for high gaming companies like Epic Games , Activision , or Google and hopes in the next year to find an internship to acquire these goals. Outside of learning he loves to give back to the community and hopes one day that he will be able to help his town, Trenton, where he grew up.

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Corey Ptak Rutgers University

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Corey Ptak earned his Ph.D in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University. In his postdoctoral career, Dr. Ptak became interested in STEM education and served as a lecturer at Cornell University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Ptak has extensive knowledge of education theory, practice and evaluation. In addition to his teaching in the biological and environmental sciences he has developed and coordinated programs focused on research based teaching practices in STEM classrooms. He also helped found the ACCESS network -- a national information sharing network for programs seeking to improve equity and inclusion in STEM. Dr. Ptak now serves as the Director of Integrated Academic Support Programs for the Rutgers Learning Centers

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Abstract

During the spring semester of 2020, concurrent with the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the associated economic crisis, the United States was going through a period of significant civil unrest due to racialized violence against Black people. In this very challenging climate, many institutions opted to rapidly transition courses to online instruction in an endeavor to protect faculty and students from the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. Unfortunately, this change had the potential to create new inequities in education and exacerbate preexisting inequities ones. The purpose of this study is to share and learn from the experiences of students during these unprecedented times. In particular, we focus on the experiences of undergraduate students participating in the Learning Assistant program [1-2].

Cochran, G. L., & Troncone, B., & Evangelista, B. R., & Cueva Vera, P. J., & Tajudeen, G. O., & Mosley, N., & Soto, R. T., & Asefa, N. D., & Opara, N., & Ptak, C. (2021, July), Understanding the Impact of Inequity on Student Learning Experiences During a Time of Multiple Crises Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://strategy.asee.org/37968

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