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The monthly news and information digest about women in STEM

WASHINGTON WIRE

June 2021

» Happening At AWIS

Celebrating Pride in STEM. How can we make STEM more inclusive for LGBTQIA+ folks? In this new article, AWIS member Dr. Jessi L. Smith says we should bridge the gap in research and consider gender identity and sexual orientation in diversity work.

Tomorrow: Hooded and Beyond. Join us tomorrow, June 16 from 1-2 p.m. EDT for a conversation with Dr. Malika Grayon on surviving and thriving in STEM. Dr. Grayson is the author of Hooded: A Black Girl’s Guide to the Ph.D.

Leadership workshop for women in STEM. Our What’s Next webinar on Thursday, July 22 will feature certified career coach Erica Mattison, who will provide tangible steps for fulfilling your leadership potential, regardless of your current level of leadership experience.

Equity for postdocs. Hear AWIS CEO Sandy Robert, CAE speak on the panel “Achieving equity for postdocs: It’s both the system and the people” at the National Postdoctoral Association’s free 2021 Gender Equity Summit on July 12 & 13.

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National Postdoctoral Association 2021 Gender Equity Summit

» In Case You Missed It

Award opportunity for women researchers: Apply by June 20 for a Nature Research award recognizing scientists who inspire the next generation of STEM researchers. (Nature)

LGBTQ+ scientists to know: These historical chemists influenced agriculture, 3D printing, inorganic chemistry, and more. (C&EN)

Picture a Scientist streaming on Netflix: If you haven’t seen this groundbreaking documentary on sexism in science yet, now is your chance. (Green Matters)

Keeping Black students in STEM: A University of Maryland, Baltimore County program provides a blueprint for successfully supporting and mentoring Black students who are STEM majors. (PNAS)

New series on overcoming stereotypes in science: Four women share their paths in science in the docuseries Not the Science Type, streaming on Apple TV and Google Play starting Thursday, June 17. (CNET)

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» The Bottom Line

Organizations need to create a welcoming culture. Develop ally and sponsorship programs for those in underrepresented communities. Establish flexible policies for caregivers. Invite people to speak up if they see something, and be sure to listen when they do.”

– AWIS CEO Sandy Robert, CAE wrote a new article on how work environments need to change in order to fight gender bias in STEM.

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