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[Virtual Colloquium] Equity in Science: Representation, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change in Graduate Education

Julie Posselt (USC)

January 28 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

STEM disciplines are believed to be founded on the idea of meritocracy; recognition earned by the value of the data, which is objective. Such disciplinary cultures resist concerns about implicit or structural biases, and yet, year after year, scientists observe persistent gender and racial inequalities in their labs, departments, and programs. In this colloquium Julie Posselt makes the case that understanding field-specific cultures is a crucial step for bringing about real change, and that we can learn as much from quantum as classical dynamics about the dynamics of scientific organizations. She will share research that compares equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in astronomy and physics, and the subtle ways that exclusion and power operate in scientific organizations and, sometimes, within change efforts themselves.

Please contact the department office for Zoom information.