Center for Inquiry and Equity in Mathematics

Who gets to ask questions in mathematics?

Research and Practice around Inquiry and Equity in Mathematics

The Center for Inquiry and Equity in Mathematics

is pleased to announce a research program 

around the intersection of inquiry and equity. 

More details about the research are coming soon! 


Past work: The Center Fellowship 2019-2020 had a summer and academic year component:

    • During the summer, Fellows attended an institute in Pittsburgh, August 5-9, 2019, in which they:
        • Asked and investigated their own mathematics questions, with each other and with mathematicians. 
        • Reflected together on the experience of asking and investigating those questions with a particular focus on issues of status and equity, in “Mathequity Sessions” (Winger, Young, Stovall, Sword, Badertscher, Gates, McDowall, & Cuoco, 2018).
      • Strategized together about how to infuse their own existing courses for pre-service teachers with opportunities to ask and investigate their own questions, attending to issues of status and equity
  • During the school year, Fellows partnered with mathematicians from the Mathematicians of Color Alliance. The mathematicians visited (virtually or in person) the Fellows’ classes for pre-service teachers to talk about mathematics; thus changing those pre-service teachers’ ideas about who does mathematics.

Who was this Fellowship for?

We know many mathematics education faculty have thought deeply about issues of equity and about what mathematics is; however, we believe that these issues are so core to the work of mathematics education that we as mathematics educators need spaces for continued growth. This program was for those mathematics educators who wish to continue  to interrogate what mathematics is and who is welcome to do it – in community with other educators and in service of empowering future teachers to do the same work. Current work centers on collaborative research to unpack how inquiry and equity are intertwined in practice. 


For more information, see the links above or contact  Miriam Gates: or 617-618-2817.


The material in this website is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. DUE-1821444 Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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