Mathematicians are taking steps to decolonize the discipline to make it universal: Editorial


A recent Nature article by Rachel Crowell discusses the recent efforts to decolonize the field of mathematics. Crowell explains that math is one of the least diverse STEM disciplines and discusses some of the tactics used to decolonize it. Some mathematicians have linked culture to curriculum, which broadens the cultural scope of the curriculum while introducing students to examples from real life. Others, such as the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, which has five locations across Africa, focus on breaking down geopolitical barriers and engaging more female students. Durham University in the United Kingdom, has initiated decolonization initiatives to create change and increase diversity within the curriculum, discussions, and references.