What can we do to create more equitable and inclusive STEM educational systems? This year, the Scientist Lecture Series will feature speakers that have successfully run boots-on-the-ground institutional diversity initiatives. These leaders have strong records of advocacy and are employing innovative ideas to build anti-racist/anti-sexist programs, truly they are changing the system in support of a more diverse STEM workforce.
The first speaker in the lecture series is Dr. Corrie Moreau from Cornell University. The virtual presentation, titled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: An Everyone Issue,” will be held on Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00pm. Dr. Moreau will share what the data and research show regarding bias and inclusion in the sciences across many axes of diversity and why having diverse teams is good for science. Recommendations to be more inclusive and equitable as individuals, as departments, and as institutions will also be presented. Ahead of the lecture, Dr. Moreau recommended (although not required to attend):
1) Online implicit bias tests. Available online, these tests can help to see where you may harbor implicit bias: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html (You don’t have to register for the tests, you can continue as a guest – second button under “PROJECT IMPLICIT SOCIAL ATTITUDES”). You will NOT be asked to share your results, but it is a good way to get to know your own implicit biases.
2) Learn about being an ally. This short (3.5 mins.) video offers great advice about being an ally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dg86g-QlM0&feature=youtu.be
The lectures are free, but registration is required through the HF&G website. Registration for Dr. Moreau’s talk is available here.
We hope you will join us not only for Dr. Moreau’s talk next week, but for the entire series! Three additional presentations given by advocacy experts will be held on Wednesday evenings in December, February, and March (details here). With this lecture series, we hope to provide action steps for those who have the power to define the systematic aspects of the STEM work environment (professors, administrators, supervisors), to give inspiration to students in STEM who are eager to see people in leadership positions making changes to the SYSTEM of STEM, and to show members of the public how organizational transformations can take place in support of a more diverse workforce.