A Resource to Support Decolonization of the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum

23 March 2023, Version 3
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


In our taught chemistry curricula, the majority of individuals who are used to illustrate historical aspects of chemistry topics are white western chemists. Decolonizing the undergraduate chemistry curricula is increasingly recognized as an important step towards developing a more inclusive higher-education environment for students from minoritized ethnic backgrounds. Here, we provide the first openly accessible resource that can be used to decolonize an undergraduate chemistry course. In particular, the resource provides examples of both individual scientists and groups that can be used to illustrate chemistry teaching, and hence provide role model examples of scientists from different cultures. The resource presented provides a significant body of examples for chemistry lecturers to use as they begin working towards decolonizing their curricula.


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Supplementary Information- A Resource to Support Decolonization of the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum
The Supplementary Information provided provides Tabulated Contributions of Contributions from Ancient and Medieval Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Chemists , Short Biographical Profiles of Asian and Black American Chemists and their contribution to the development of chemistry, Other resources and further references that can help in decolonizing an undergraduate curriculum

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