One of the initiatives that stemmed from the results of our academic climate survey is the Diversity and Inclusion Focus Group (DIFG) series. These College of Chemistry-wide focus groups aim to provide a structured, recurring, neutral space for members of the CoC community to:
- regularly explore and engage in challenging conversations about a variety of topics that have been identified as areas of concern within our community;
- become exposed to alternative viewpoints and experiences;
- learn from one another; and
- help begin shifting our community social norms together, to create lasting and effective change within our academic culture and climate
Additionally, DIFG meetings are grounded in scientific literature, to initiate conversation and reduce any stigmas associated with talking about challenging topics.
The 2019-20 DIFG series will be held every second Wednesday of the month, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in 775B Tan Hall. The themes for each DIFG are below, and will be updated as the information becomes available.
- September 2019: Bias in peer review and letters of recommendation. Check out our slides here!
- October 2019: Issues that affect the “leaky pipeline” through STEM, and how we can make undergraduate research more inclusive. Articles: Along the Leaky Pipeline & Making a Difference in Science Education: The Impact of Undergraduate Research Programs. Check out our slides here!
- November 2019: After a remarkable first year of DIFG events that spanned a wide range of topics, we hosted a trivia to ask questions about the facts we learned! The categories/questions reflected conversations we had as a group, and one aspect of this event involved contributing names of female chemistry faculty members. The results were compiled into the following word cloud, with the intention of highlighting some of the amazing women in chemistry across the world.
- February 2020: Imposter phenomenon in academia—how can interpersonal communication and language help or hurt our sense of belonging in the scientific community?
- March 11, 2020: Mentoring and Communication Styles
- April 8, 2020: Xenophobia Related to COVID-19
Below are the themes for the 2018-2019 DIFG series, as well as the resources they were grounded in:
- September 2018: Sexism in science [Serio, T. Speak up about subtle sexism in science. Nature, 2016, 532, 415]
- October 2018: Overcoming barriers to LGBTQ+ community inclusion [Barres, B. et. al. Coming out: the experience of LGBT+ people in STEM. Genome Biology, 2017, 18, 62.]
- November 2018: Microagression workshop on reducing unconscious bias (co-facilitated by the Unconscious Bias Project) [Grossman, J. M., & Porche, M. V. Perceived Gender and Racial/Ethnic Barriers to STEM Success. Urban Education, 2014, 49(6), 698–727.]
- February 2019: Peer-run sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention workshop (co-facilitated by Respect is Part of Research)
- April 2019: Mental health and managing work-life balance [Cooke, R. ‘Sleep should be prescribed’: what those late nights out could be costing you. The Guardian. 2017.; Norris, D. et. al. Health tips for research groups. Nature, 2018, 557, 302-304.]
Thank you to the PATH to Care Center for support and funding throughout the 2018-2019 DIFG series!
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