Conference Program Home
  My Program

All Times EDT

Abstract Details

Activity Number: 92 - Teaching Social Justice Through Statistics and Biostatistics: The Case for a DEI-Infused Curriculum
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, August 8, 2022 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract #320540
Title: Using an Ethics Course as a Gateway to DEI Discussions in Biostatistics
Author(s): Rebecca Roberts Andridge* and Abigail Shoben
Companies: The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University
Keywords: ethics; diversity; inclusion

A much-needed movement is underway in the statistical sciences to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into curricula. One can imagine many different approaches to achieve this goal; in this talk we will discuss using an ethics course as a gateway to DEI discussions in biostatistics. Specifically, we first describe a graduate-level course that examines ethical challenges related to research design, data collection, data integrity/stewardship, data analysis and interpretation, and data reporting in the conduct of public health and biomedical research. Then we reflect on how this discussion-based course creates a natural pathway into difficult DEI topics such as challenges in measuring gender and race and considerations for inclusion of race in multivariable models. We find that by entering these discussions through a statistical lens ( i.e., by starting with the theory and numbers that students are more comfortable with) students at multiple levels (MS, PhD) are able to reflect on the DEI implications of statistical decision-making. Mixing the familiar with the at-times uncomfortable enables robust discussions and allows for self-reflection on students’ own biases.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

Back to the full JSM 2022 program