The SABER PEER Network recognizes and embraces the unique lived experiences we all bring that are necessary to move beyond diversity to equity and inclusion. We welcome to our community anyone that identifies as a PEER educator and/or an ally. As
network members, we stand together to learn from each other and
encourage continuous support, improvement, and changes that will allow
equity and representation to be at the forefront of our considerations
as educators and researchers.
We chose to use the term PEER as described by David Asai (Persons Excluded due to Ethnicity or Race) to emphasize that it is not simply a matter of underrepresentation. It is, more importantly, a matter of exclusion and minoritization on the basis of origin, skin color, and numerous other factors imposed by society.
Our mission is to:
This sub-community meets once a month to discuss current literature. Community members pick papers that they are interested in reading. We spend the first few minutes of each session catching up with each other. We then share our reflections about the paper and discuss its implications for our teaching and/or research.
PEER Network Journal Club Goals include:
Navigating the diverse aspects of being an academic is challenging. The PEERs mentorship program goal is to connect small groups of mentors and mentees. These PEER networks then meet regularly and support one another in the various facets of being an academic (e.g., life work balance, grant writing, navigating politics of academia, the job market, teaching approaches).
If you'd like to receive mentorship or serve as a mentor, please email Anne McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our lives, there's always some demand that needs to be taken care of urgently, especially when it comes to teaching, service, or our own personal lives. But it's also important to set aside time for our research. Even 1hr a day, or a few hours a week, can keep us in touch with our research projects and make sure we make steady progress on them. (By writing, we also mean brainstorming, analysis, coding, background reading- anything that helps us forward on our research or scholarship goals.)
The goal of the PEERs Writing Buddies Program is to connect people together, in pairs or trios, to write together regularly over Zoom. The general format will be a few minutes to catch up and chat, a few minutes to state our goals for the writing session, and the bulk of the time actually writing!
If you'd like to join, please email Melinda Owens at email@example.com or watch for our recruitment emails!
The PEERs Advocacy Group: Moving from Awareness to Action
We are a group of PEERS members and allies who are committed to moving from being aware of racism to actions that faculty, staff and students can take in the higher education system to advance racial equity. We want to advocate for policy changes and share resources that can be used towards this commitment in our institutions - including our classrooms, research labs, and departments. Shared resources can be papers, books, websites, blogs, etc. which can be on any topic that would help advance equity in academic institutions (e.g., teaching practices, undergraduate research opportunities, supervisory and mentorship practices, tenure and promotion practices and policies, hiring practices and policies). Please fill out the form below to add a resource that you think would be helpful to the living document of resources on our website. If you want to join the Advocacy Group please contact Jennifer Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.