Steps toward equity in STEM

June 2, 2020 | Duration: 56 mins.

Diversifying the STEM workforce remains a major challenge in the U.S. and worldwide. Funding agencies, academic institutions and researchers must continue to develop plans to increase the representation of historically disadvantaged groups in science. One strategy to attract and keep women, individuals with unique abilities, racial and ethnic minorities and other marginalized populations is to explore and understand their personal experiences to identify specific restrictions that prevent career progression. The talks in this session use surveys, interviews and reflective questions to gain fresh perspectives from people who often face barriers in their scientific trajectories. These views can inform best practices to promote persistence and success of underrepresented groups in STEM.

The talks in this virtual event were originally programmed to take place as an in-person Spotlight Session at the 2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting.


Chair: Marilee Benore

An anti-racist classroom in the natural sciences
Neena Grover, Colorado College

Women in STEM —intrinsic and extrinsic factors that impact retention and yield
Marilee Benore, University of Michigan, Dearborn

Best practices for inclusion of deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists at conferences
Paul Craig, Rochester Institute of Technology