The alarming gap in achievement between students of different backgrounds is persistent against an outpouring of resources and initiatives. These initiatives focused primarily at assimilating low-income and under-represented groups into the academic culture without examining the systemic patterns within the culture that work together to create inequity. Faculty are the stewards of the academic culture and the core of students’ learning and experience.
We propose here to create a faculty community of practice to examine hidden values and models within the STEM culture that may perpetuate inequity. We seek a faculty development process using expertise from different colleges at Purdue as well as recourses and expertise from other universities.