Our initiative focuses how our campus thinks and talks about math. Stereotypes and attitudes surrounding math — and their negative effects on math performance — negatively impact student success across majors. Research indicates that most of the population has the capacity to learn math at the highest levels, suggesting that math is not about talent but persistence; yet math persistence can be hampered by psychological barriers. Our initiative seeks to reduce these barriers through:
- Advisor training workshops to shift how we discuss mathematics;
- A campaign of positive math messaging;
- Peer-led study groups; and
- Assessment of attitudes toward math.