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Embracing Diversity in Science: a User Community Discussion

US/Eastern
Virtual Zoom link will be provided

Virtual Zoom link will be provided

Description

Diversity is not about numbers, nor about race, gender, or creed.  True diversity is a frame of mind.  It is, fundamentally, the openness of mind to accept all people as fellow human beings, without regard to their appearance or background or beliefs, and to value their abilities, perspectives, and unique contributions to the whole of humanity (https://www.27east.com/southampton-press/our-greatest-strength-1740117/).  Diversity brings in new perspectives, new ideas, and new approaches, which better enable us to achieve the best science and innovation.  How can we as a user community more effectively embrace diversity?  There is a lot of enthusiasm in the community, but a lack of effective direction and organization.  There are many barriers to diversity; what can we do to lower or eliminate them?  What are innovative approaches and effective strategies that we can build on and share?  How can this grass-roots effort influence policy at our respective institutions?  The purpose of this session is to discuss these and related questions, from the perspective of the user community (of scientists, by scientists and for scientists), and to produce a white paper.  This paper can then serve as the seed of a repository of useful information to help raise awareness and share effective ideas with others, and ultimately guide policies.  This workshop is independent of institution.

The workshop will include breakout sessions for discussion of

A) raising awareness and harnessing community enthusiasm for social change

B) scientific model:  highlighting benefits of diversity to science, innovation and economic gain

C) identifying and overcoming systemic barriers to diversity in science

D) the pipeline to science careers:  perceptions, networks, opportunities

 

Organizers

Paul Northrup, Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University, Lead Scientist, Tender Energy Microspectroscopy Consortium

Judith Brown Clarke, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Stony Brook University

Back to main agenda

    • 13:30 13:45
      Welcome and Introduction 15m
      Speaker: Organizers
    • 13:45 14:00
      Why Are We Here? or This Is Not Another Diversity Training 15m
      Speaker: Organizers and Participants
    • 14:00 14:15
      Comments and Suggestions for Being an Effective Ally 15m
      Speaker: Ken Evans-Lutterodt (NSLS-II)
    • 14:15 14:30
      Opening the Door Early: the SPARK High School Outreach Program 15m
      Speaker: Aleida Perez (OEP)
    • 14:30 14:35
      Experiences as a High School SPARK Participant 5m
      Speaker: Mrinaleni Das (Stony Brook University)
    • 14:35 14:45
      Break 10m
    • 14:45 14:55
      Introduction to Breakout Sessions 10m
      Speaker: Organizers
    • 14:55 15:00
      Move into Breakout Rooms: 5m
      1. Raising awareness and harnessing community enthusiasm for social change
      2. Scientific model: highlighting benefits of diversity to science, innovation and economic gain
      3. Identifying and overcoming systemic barriers to diversity in science
      4. The pipeline to science careers: perceptions, networks, opportunities
    • 15:00 15:40
      Breakout Discussions 40m
    • 15:40 16:00
      Return and Share Breakout Discussions 20m
      Speaker: Organizers and Participants
    • 16:00 16:30
      Where To Go From Here? 30m