Race and Science: Using a Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Approach to Address Complex Issues

Arri Eisen, Ashley M Cimino-Mathews, Hugo Aparicio, Patricia Marsteller, Howard Kushner

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Universities and colleges have a responsibility to help solve complex social problems. The article describes an interdisciplinary approach that integrates the diverse strengths of a research and teaching institution to address issues in one such complex problem: race, science, and health. The authors' model involved a “feedback loop” among three different and simultaneous activities: two undergraduate courses, one in biology and one open to all first-year student, and a weekly seminar that included the professors teaching these two courses, other faculty from across the university, and undergraduate and graduate student representatives. The topic and logistical strategies are discussed in detail and the value and challenges of such an integrated multilevel approach are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalCollege Teaching
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • collaborative teaching
  • interdisciplinary scholarship
  • race
  • science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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