Our lab is dedicated to increasing and supporting diversity in STEM, not only because we are a diverse group ourselves, but also because we have experienced excellence in science and discovery achievable only through diverse thinking and perspectives. We prioritize outreach activities that target under-served and underrepresented groups, and we are commited to generating ideas and approaches for encouraging and retaining diversity in STEM.

 

 
 
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Readings and Discussion

We are developing a weekly series of readings and discussion topics to explore the VALUES, ISSUES, and SOLUTIONS for increasing and retaining diversity in STEM. If you have suggestions for readings/activities, please let us know!

Week 1

Overview: What is diversity in STEM and why is it important?

  1. "Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters" by Kenneth Gibbs, Jr. for Scientific American (September 10, 2014).

Week 2

Why do we lose women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields?

  1. "Why Female Students Leave STEM" by Nick Roll for Inside Higher Ed (August 29, 2017).
  2. "Here's why women, blacks and Hispanics are leaving tech" by Jessica Guynn for USA TODAY (April 27, 2017).
  3. "Quick Take: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)." New York: Catalyst (December 9, 2016).
  4. "Belonging' can help keep talented female students in STEM classes" by Nilanjana Dasgupta for National Science Foundation (August 26, 2016).
  5. "Women Leave STEM Jobs for the Reasons Men Want To" by Nicholas Zazulia for U.S. News & World Report (April 8, 2016).

Week 3

What kind of changes would help reduce challenges for recruitment/retention?

  1. "Poverty in the Ivory Tower" by Anonymous for Tenure She Wrote (January 16, 2014): good advice for PIs and students
  2. "The powerful woman behind Intel's new $300 million diversity initiative" by Michal Lev-Ram for Fortune (January 12, 2015).
  3. "Intent vs. Impact: Why Your Intentions Don’t Really Matter" by Jamie Utt for Everyday Feminism (July 30, 2013).

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What are we learning?

Here we include some of the takeaways from our weekly discussions. This list is ever-growing, as we continue to learn, read, and digest our discussion about these big, important questions. Check back here to learn along with us about how to be a better ally.

Week 1

Overview: What is diversity in STEM and why is it important?

We want to commit to do more to support diversity in STEM and will start locally by focusing our outreach efforts on those with the greatest impact on under-served and under-represented groups. Also, we appreciated our discussion and want to learn more!

Week 2

Why do we lose women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields?

Women and people of color seem to face distinct hurdles/barriers, so we may need to address these axes of diversity in different ways. Also, we will focus on something more positive for next week: how to make change!

Week 3

What kind of changes would help reduce challenges for recruitment/retention?

Still processing...


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