21ST Century Scientists Working Group

June 15th 2017

Taking Action: Managing Personal Bias in STEM – free workshop on July 7

21sci is very excited to announce an upcoming workshop:

Taking Action: Managing Personal Bias in STEM

Facilitator: Kelly Cross, PhD

Sponsored by: 21st Century Scientists and the Beckman Institute
Friday, July 7, 2017
10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Free to members of the UIUC community

Room 3269 Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews

Sign up here!

Workshop limited to 30 participants

Fostering diversity and equity is the responsibility of all scientists, and requires active contributions from all members of the scientific community. Unchallenged biased beliefs and practices shape the social interactions and learning environment of a science trainee, as well as their professional beliefs and interactions as a future STEM professional. The compositional make-up of students attending college is changing, and STEM fields have become more diverse. However, women and racial and ethnic minority students and professionals report higher rates of stereotyping, bias, and mistreatment during their education and professional lives. Unfortunately, it may be challenging for some scientists to name and/or even acknowledge that inequity exists within their STEM program, let alone address it without fear of consequences such as isolation or jeopardized professional advancement.

This interactive session will be an open, collegial discussion of bias, inequalities, and microaggressions in the STEM environment including the classroom and workplace. The facilitator will moderate group discussions as well as offer skills and strategies for responding to specific biased events that may occur during one’s STEM education or professional space. Attendees will learn how to recognize unintended bias and will practice addressing unintended biases that commonly occur within science educational and professional spaces. Join us in unpacking our individual beliefs, and understand how to recognize and respond to bias and microaggressions. Supporting materials will be provided for developing skills to improve the STEM culture by highlighting the educational benefits of diversity and inclusive practices throughout our future careers.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Provide definitions and examples of bias, microaggressions, and disruption
  • Raise awareness about institutional factors that influence climate with regard to diversity
  • Gain a better understanding of an approach and strategy to manage personal bias
  • Learn and practice the approach and strategy to manage personal bias
  • Follow-up tools provided to manage personal bias and self-evaluate inclusive practices

We are looking forward to seeing you there!