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Breaking (and Reshaping) the Mold: Advancing Diversity in Science

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Many Black science professionals have gone through the experience of being the “only one” in the room due to science-based institutions either maintaining or not actively resisting the prevailing societal norms of exclusion and marginalization. Trailblazing Black scientists have created and lead institutional reforms that increase access and engagement for marginalized groups, while continuing to make stellar contributions to the scientific canon. In the process they often have to become the role models they didn’t have but that they know are needed.

Join us in an engaging conversation with Black scientists who will share their experiences traversing social barriers in science, their efforts to remove them for those that follow, and their thoughts on the future diversity efforts in the sciences. This conversation will serve as inspiration for those that are still the “only one”, act as a call for institutional self-examination, and as a celebration of the efforts of Black science trailblazers.


Elliott White, Jr., Stanford Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and Center Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment.          

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Director of the Office of Science for the U.S. Department of Energy       

Iris C. Gibbs, Professor of Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy) and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery, at Stanford Medicine

Anjali Boyd, Ph.D. Candidate and Dean's Graduate Fellow, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University 

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