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Affirming identity in chemistry classrooms

July 25, 2023

Early in her academic career, Teaching Faculty Stephanie Knezz made the decision to share aspects of her identity with the students in her classroom, with this openness extending to her official university bio. 

‘The more that I’ve shared and the more vulnerable I’ve been in the classroom, the greater the trust that’s developed between me and my students,’ Knezz says. ‘I think it’s just a matter of lessening that distance between the person who’s holding power and authority and the people who feel kind of powerless.’

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