Build Workforce & Civic Context in Your Seminar
Reflection Prompts for Seminar Speakers
The below prompts might help speakers develop a few slides that support civic agency and career exploration. Speakers might also provide students with a sense of how to address barriers associated with science.
- What are the societal implications of your work? (e.g. cultural, economic, environmental)
- What are the careers that use your training and what is that training? (i.e. what experiences might students find that support work in your field?)
- How will you empower students to participate in science or civic engagement? (e.g. encouragement to share science, participate in research experiences, vote, join organizations.)
- What personal strategies do you take because you care about the societal implications of your research?
- How have you overcome barriers that students commonly face (e.g. math preparedness, writing skills, lack of experience, early failure, lack of family or peer support)?
- What local examples or diverse perspectives on issues will you share that deepen student understanding of the issues you work on?
Reflection Prompts for Students
A few of the below questions might be posed after a seminar visitor or online lecture to encourage reflection on societal implications and civic action. If you are using them to support a speaker series consider compiling responses from the questions you chose and discussing examples that illustrate the range of responses. Students might populate their responses into a Google Drive or other online spreadsheet to assist you with tracking. Or small groups might discuss responses and report a synthesis.
- What are the societal implications of the speaker's work?
- Did you learn anything from the speaker that might inform your own career choices?
- What evidence would be of most interest to decision or policy makers (choose local, regional, or national to reflect on)?
- Does this issue impact you or anyone that you know? How?
- Do you think this issue impacts all people in the same way? If no, describe distinctions between at least 2 groups.
- Do you think all people will react the same way to this issue? Why or why not?
- Is there a personal action you could take to improve how this issue is addressed? If so, will you? Why or why not?
Online Seminars & Podcasts on Societally-Relevant Earth Issues
These are just a small sampling of available online resources tacking earth issues. They may be valuable as virtual seminars.
- American Geosciences Institute (webinar), Policy & Critical Issues Webinars and Forum Videos. Typically features multiple specialists weighing in on societally-relevant geology.
- Day, Sarah, Geological Society (podcast), Geology Podcasts. Explores geoscience of public interest.
- HipHop Caucus (podcast), Think: Coolest show on climate change. Addresses climate justice issues.
- Holthaus, Eric (podcast), Warm Regards Features climate change research and action.
- National Public Radio (podcast), Environment Podcasts Commonly features climate change and pollution issues from varied perspectives.
- United States Geological Survey (online seminar), USGS Online Lectures. Many of the topics intersect science and society. Features scientists taking on many topics and not just earth science.