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Activity Number: 27 - SPEED: Statistical Learning and Data Challenge Part 1
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2022 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #323575
Title: Incorporating Cultural Context in Statistics Courses Through Presentation of Music Videos Before Class
Author(s): Thomas R. Belin*
Companies: UCLA Department of Biostatistics
Keywords: Race; Ethnicity; Music; Teaching; Culture; Song of the Day

In the wake of violent events in 2020 that heightened attention to racism in the United States, faculty in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health participated in workshops that aimed to identify effective teaching strategies for including cultural context into courses. Motivated by concerns that arose over how to incorporate both culturally-relevant material and core subject-matter material within available time constraints, this presentation will discuss a strategy for presenting a “Song of the Day” in the 10 minutes before class that was used in both the Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 offerings of an intermediate statistics course for graduate students in Public Health and other allied disciplines. Growing out of a newspaper tribute to one of the heroes of “Brian’s Song” (a racially-themed 1970’s TV movie) that mentioned the film’s popular theme song (which became the first “Song of the Day”), the idea yielded expanded time to discuss issues pertaining to race and ethnicity while also serving as a springboard for broader consideration of cultural context. The presentation will review “Song of the Day” selections, related feedback, and associated successes and limitations.

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