DEI Forums

One of the key priorities to emerge from the department’s 2021 DEI Days of Action was the need to sustain department-wide discussion of how multifaceted topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion relate to our department, the chemistry field, STEM disciplines, and society. Toward this goal, the DEI-O Committee launched a continuing series of monthly DEI Forums. These forums involve interactive, guided discussions based on articles, films, podcasts, guest speakers, and/or other media shared in the 1–2 weeks prior to each forum. These forums are open to all in our department community–including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. In the spirit of Meliora, we hope that these forums will help to center DEI in our ongoing departmental conversations, growth, and pursuit of excellence. Please contact Rose at to volunteer to facilitate forums, to suggest future topics, and/or to provide any other feedback, questions, or comments.

Navigate from the drop-down menu to find information about past and future forums as well as #URSTEMrecharge 2021.

Beginning Spring 2022, UR community members may earn Chemistry DEI Education Certificates for participation in the Forums. Certificate recipients will be recognized at the annual departmental awards ceremony and are welcome/encouraged to list this recognition on their CV. We hope that this program will help to recognize, validate, and value the hard work our community members undertake toward DEI efforts.

    • [Cu] DEI Education Certificate (Copper/Bronze):
      Attend ≥4 forums in 1 calendar year.
    • [Ag] DEI Education Certificate (Silver):
      Attend ≥6 forums in 1 calendar year.
    • [Au] DEI Education Certificate (Gold):
      Attend ≥6 forums AND organize ≥1 forum in 1 calendar year.

To earn a certificate, verified “attendance” requires registering in advance AND…

    • For virtual (Zoom) forums, keeping your camera on for the duration of the forum AND/OR participating (verbally) throughout the forum.
    • For in-person forums, completing the attendance sign-in sheet at the end of the forum.

All are still welcome to attend/participate in any of the forums without meeting the verified attendance criteria. In these cases, attendance simply will not be “counted” toward the certificate.