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19th July, August 1st, August 9th, 2018, Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC

SLAC Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth Engagement Symposium

Location: Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC

July 19th, 2018:

Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube)
Presentation on: Diversity in STEM—how can employers and organizations promote diversity in their hiring process and workplaces; and how can those in minority groups overcome the barriers to employment in non-diverse fields?

August 1st, 2018: Intersections in Identity and LGBTQ+ in STEM

Jennifer Truong (University of the Pacific) Talk title: Unravelling the stereotype: an Asian-American in the healthcare world

Antonia Froster (Science presenter in the UK) Talk title: Converging Identities: the LGBT+ Experience in STEM 

Sabah UI-Hasan (University of California, Merced) Talk title: On intersectionality: Applying our understanding of symbiosis to the scientific community and general public

August 9th, 2018: Proactive Engagement and Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in STEM


In the past, conferences and symposiums about diversity and inclusion have focused primarily on educating managers, administrators, and students about the importance of diversity and inclusion. While this is an important topic, statistics have shown that many work environments and fields--including those in STEM--are still lacking in how diverse and inclusive they are. Across various fields throughout STEM, the diversity and inclusion of various minority groups in the workplace are still lacking. 

For example, only about a third of the people in STEM-related fields are persons of color, and men still outnumber women by four-to-one in a variety of fields, especially in computer science and engineering. Other groups--such as the LGBTQ+ community--still face discrimination in the workplace, and others--such as veterans and disabled individuals--still find it difficult to be hired.  Hence, for this symposium, various speakers will be invited to give presentations about the importance of diversity and inclusion, how they are making efforts to advocate for both in their workplaces, and how our youth can advocate for these important concepts.

By Kate Saylor