About Us


Chris Gosling

(He/ Him/ His)

Saranac Lake, NY

What type of institution do you teach at?

Rural Public High School

What subject(s) do you teach?

Physics, Engineering, and Math

Tell us about why you are involved with the URC project.

I'm working to change the culture of physics to more readily recognize non-dominant students as legitimate members of the community. The URC is the best way I have found to make such changes in my own classroom, and I got involved to help others do the same.

Share one interesting non-academic tidbit about yourself.

I enjoy riding bikes, skiing, and climbing.

Johan Tabora

(He/ Him/ His)

Chicago, IL

What type of institution do you teach at?

Public High School

What subject(s) do you teach?

Physics (9th-grade and AP)

Tell us about why you are involved with the URC project.

Equity in physics has always been in my mind seeing how my female students and students of color are the ones who typically struggled and were also the ones who disengaged first and claim that they weren't "physics people." I read about Moses' curriculum and reached out to him wanting to learn more about what I'm seeing (why there are underrepresented people of color in physics) and how I can address that in the classroom. A few years later, I'm still implementing the curriculum albeit in different but more cohesive ways!

Share one interesting non-academic tidbit about yourself.

I'm a first generation immigrant (as in FOB albeit more than 20 years ago!) but most people don't think that about me since I have no "accent."

Abigail R. Daane

(She/ Her/ Hers)

Seattle, WA

What type of institution do you teach at?

Two-year college

What subject(s) do you teach?

Physics, Undergraduate Research, Astronomy

Tell us about why you are involved with the URC project.

I am acutely aware of my privilege as a white person, and acknowledge my resulting blind spots. I am continually looking for ways to improve my own actions and dismantle larger structures from which I have benefited greatly at the expense of others. I have also been working on ways to bring conversations of equity into the classrooms for several years and I am thrilled that the Underrepresentation Curriculum has pooled resources to share with all STEM teachers out there!

Share one interesting non-academic tidbit about yourself.

I have a passion for dance - almost any kind - and I am currently trying to instill a duel passion for the arts and science in my daughters!

Andrew Morrison

(He/ Him/ His)

Chicago, IL

What type of institution do you teach at?

Two-year college

What subject(s) do you teach?

Physics and Astronomy

Tell us about why you are involved with the URC project.

I believe that one of my roles as an educator is to help my students think deeply about the process and structures of science. It is important to me that we continually make science a more equitable space for all people to participate and benefit from. I want to be better at doing this in my classroom, and I hope that my involvement with the URC project has helped me reach that goal.

Share one interesting non-academic tidbit about yourself.

My wife and I have a (currently) four-year son who we are trying to take to every one of the 72 playgrounds in our city before he grows out of going to the park with the family.

Dana Hsi

(She/ Her/ Hers)

Kirkland, WA

What type of institution do you teach at?

Public 6-12 school

What subject(s) do you teach?

Chemistry

Tell us about why you are involved with the URC project.

My educational background completely ignored any issues of diversity. My students deserve to know that people are part of sciences and therefore, who people are is absolutely essential in how they (and we) perform science.

Share one interesting non-academic tidbit about yourself.

I always need a craft or project to work on, so I'm learning to crochet.

Danny Douchette

(He/ Him/ His)

Pittsburgh, PA

What type of institution do you teach at?

I am currently a PhD student.

What subject(s) do you teach?

Physics

Tell us about why you are involved with the URC project.

I used the curriculum in 2015 and 2016 before returning to school to work on a PhD in physics education research. I'm studying equity and inclusion in introductory college lab courses, and am looking forward to getting back to the classroom soon!

Share one interesting non-academic tidbit about yourself.

The USA is the fourth country I've taught in.

Moses Rifkin

(He/ Him/ His)

Seattle, WA

What type of institution do you teach at?

Private high school (I think the preferred term is "independent school", though I usually say private)

What subject(s) do you teach?

Physics

Tell us about why you are involved with the URC project.

Because I believe science teachers have a critical role to play in helping students learn about themselves and society and how to improve both, and think the URC offers a powerful way to help them do that.

Share one interesting non-academic tidbit about yourself.

I have won multiple National and World Ultimate championships, and I am two-time Washington Ultimate Coach of the Year