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Area 1: Challenging the status quo

The first Equity Compass area is called ‘Challenging the status quo’, which includes three dimensions to improve equity: Transforming power relations, Prioritising minoritised communities, and Redistributing resources. In this video, …

Working with discomfort

It can sometimes feel uncomfortable using the Equity Compass. This is because the Equity Compass highlights issues of privilege and injustice. But discomfort can be a really good sign that …

Equality, equity and social justice

In this step, we explain two key concepts for thinking about inclusive practice: equity and equality. Both relate to the wider literature on social justice and to considerations of what …

What influences inequalities in STEM participation?

In the UK and many Western countries, women and people from lower-income communities, as well as those from some racially minoritised communities, remain persistently under-represented, despite decades of initiatives aimed …

What is the Equity Compass?

The Equity Compass is a framework that helps you to reflect on your current practice and develop equitable practice. It comprises eight dimensions of equity, each designed to apply a …

Why is equity important in your practice?

We hope that the examples shared so far got you thinking about the importance of equity in informal STEM learning and in your own practice. In this video, three informal …

Area 4: Extending equity

The fourth Equity Compass area is called ‘Extending equity’, which includes two equity dimensions: Community/society orientation and the Long-term aspect of practice. In this video, Spela explains what the ‘Extending …

Mapping his practice on the Equity Compass

Using the Equity Compass can guide a powerful process to surface and identify the strengths and weaknesses of a specific activity or program. In this video, Louise uses the full …

Area 3: Embedding equity

The third Equity Compass area is called ‘Embedding Equity’. In this video, Emily explains what the ‘Embedding equity’ area entails and why it is an important component of equitable informal …