Fall 2021

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 is sustaining a continuing series of monthly DEI Forums. These forums will involve interactive, guided discussions based on articles, films, podcasts, 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 c.r.kennedy@rochester.edu. to volunteer to facilitate forums, to suggest future topics, and/or to provide any other feedback, questions, or comments.

The October forum (Monday, October 25, 4–5 PM) will focus on Visualizing the Full Spectrum: Gender Identity in STEM.

This event will be held in a hybrid format over Zoom and/or in-person in Hutchison 473. In either case, please register for this event at: https://rochester.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrfu6rrz4qHtVsjejmCPJq49jyVJ2HiWfU

In preparation, we invite you to review any of the following materials and resources.

The September forum (Wednesday, September 15, 12–1 PM) will focus on Combatting Anti-Asian and Anti-AAPI Bias in STEM with three primary goals, as follows:

    • Appreciate the diversity of experiences of individuals and communities identifying with Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander heritage.
    • Recognize and understand the impacts of anti-Asian/anti-AAPI bias and discrimination as they manifest in the chemistry/STEM fields and broader community.
    • Plan and practice responses, interventions, and individual actions to address anti-Asian/anti-AAPI bias and discrimination in these settings.

Please register for an individual Zoom link at: https://rochester.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsf-qgpjkjHN3_l6PNriJ_igcMOtXng_fa

No preparation is required to participate in this forum, but we invite you to review any of the following materials and resources.