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 themes for the 2018-2019 DIFG series, as well as the resources they were grounded in, are presented below:
- 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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