In fall 2018, Amanda Paule was a student in SEM 100, Syracuse University’s mandatory five-week course for first-year and transfer students. This fall, she’s a course facilitator.
She found that few students in her class finished reading the course’s assigned memoir over the summer.
The mandatory seminar was first implemented in fall 2018 with the goal of sparking discussions about diversity and inclusion on campus. The course’s five sessions, which began in September, are centered on a selected reading that addresses these themes.
This year’s freshman and transfer students are required to read “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren, a geobiologist who now works at the University of Oslo in Norway. Students last year read “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, who is the host of “The Daily Show.”
In “Lab Girl,” Jahren recounts her experience with the effects and stigma of a manic-depressive disorder, as well as gender exclusion in the STEM field. She also writes about how her identities as a parent, a scientist and a woman determine how people perceive her.
Paule said many students in her SEM 100 class didn’t read the book, and those students didn’t find the sessions productive. She doesn’t think the book was as engaging to students …read more
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