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Equitable Leadership in the Sciences

East Baltimore
4th Term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Monday, 3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Frequency Schedule
Every Year


The true nature of science as an interconnected and cooperative community is jeopardized by the often-observed hypercompetitive culture of modern times, particularly in the biosciences. New forms of leading and working together are needed, with special appreciation of diversity, and emphasis on values such as equity and inclusion. Yet, what does it mean to be an equitable leader? Equitable leadership refers to a humanistic understanding of an individual’s unique needs, drawing on their strengths to create strategies for becoming a confident and inspiring leader.
Addresses broad concepts of change leadership from a personal perspective by teaching emerging STEM leaders to begin their journey by changing themselves. Explores individual factors critical to self-awareness, such as true self, leadership style, and emotional intelligence. Acquaints participants with an intrinsic understanding of themselves as leaders, combined with interests, values, and motivations key to dispel raising misconceptions of scientists and mistrust in science. Focuses on peer coaching to expand and practice leadership skills of active listening, dialogue, and connection as they relate to building community and workplace culture. Presents various tangible role models from biomedicine to illustrate equitable leadership in scientific practice, redefining the concept of a scientist as a human and approachable individual driven by the joy of connecting with others to facilitate scientific collaborations, convey a scientific vision, and serve as a scientific ambassador.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify your leadership style by practicing emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and mindfulness skills
  2. Recognize your core values, strengths, preferences, limitations, and leadership principles within a biomedical science work environment
  3. Practice skills of listening, dialogue, and connection, that nurture collaborative, cooperative and inclusive teams
  4. Create your tribe by building a team/support network of colleagues and mentors
  5. Develop your Personal Leadership Development Plan
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Participation
  • 40% Self-assessment Reflections
  • 20% Personal Leadership Development Plan
Special Comments

This course is offered by the R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education.