The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Enhancement Committee (DEC) is excited to host Dr. Sherilynn Black as this year’s speaker for our annual BioE DEI Seminar! Dr. Black is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at Duke University and an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Medical Education. Her research focuses on social neuroscience and the role of interventions in promoting diversity and equity in academia (more information can be found on her faculty webpage here).
Wednesday, November 16
12noon – 1:00pm Pacific Time
Register for Zoom link here:
“Examining Barriers and Identifying Solutions Towards Achieving Equity in STEM”
Sherilynn Black, Ph.D.
As continued efforts are made to diversify the scientific workforce, significant work is required to examine the training environments, hiring practices, advancement opportunities and many other structural barriers that potentially diminish the success of all scientists. Each constituent group (eg, faculty, staff, students, administrators) plays a critical role in these efforts, both in shaping the behaviors and experiences that determine what it means to be a scientist, and also in increasing the potential for systemic progress across scientific disciplines. This talk will explore the ways that scientists at all levels can be empowered to engage in work that promotes equity in academic environments, including understanding the behaviors that must be modified to change policies and practices:
1) examining the ways that we process information, and considering the cognitive processes that shape our beliefs and influence how we interact with our colleagues; and
2) identifying practical, easily adoptable steps to change systems and structures in academia.