Diversity Seminar Series

Diversity & Inclusion in Science

In this four-part seminar series, world renown scientists and community leaders will explore unique themes at the intersections of social justice and science. Around the world, the Black Lives Matter movement is challenging and dismantling systemic racism, but this movement can only be strengthened with greater international unity and intersectionality. Each seminar will be aimed at improving our understanding of racism, oppression of minorities, and how to make changes which foster justice and equity. As a global institution, participants will learn how to more effectively teach and mentor in a globally diverse environment such as ETH Zürich, become more comfortable talking about race, learn tips to advocate for systemic change, and how to build and support an anti-racist lab.

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Schedule and speakers

October 15th from 1-2 pm: Inclusive Pedagogy Approaches for Diverse Learning Environments  
Dr. Catherine Shea Sanger, Senior Lecturer of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

For educators in diverse contexts, it is not only socially virtuous but also pedagogically valuable to proactively anticipate and incorporate students’ heterogeneous backgrounds, abilities, and interests into teaching and course design. Education research shows that students learn more when they have a sense of belonging in the classroom and curriculum. Drawing from Inclusive Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning approaches, the seminar will introduce a series of concrete strategies for educators to enthusiastically harness diversity and amplify student learning.

October 22nd from 5-6 pm: Transforming Institutional Culture 
Dr. Shaila Kotadia, Director of Culture and Inclusion at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Higher education systems are rife with oppressive infrastructures and policies, as well as individuals that are not aware of their own oppressive behaviors. In order to transform institutional cultures, action must be taken in a collective manner. No one person can do this work alone. In addition, it is important to recognize that both “top down” approaches by the leadership and administrative levels and grassroots approaches by individuals are needed. In this seminar, Shaila Kotadia, PhD, Director of Culture and Inclusion at Stanford University’s School of Medicine will share methods on how to make change at both the institutional and individual levels.

October 29th from 5-6 pm: Building an anti-racist lab
Dr. Bala Chaudhary, Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University.

Racial and ethnic diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce remains disproportionately low, particularly at the Ph.D. level and above. In response to recent global uprisings against systemic racism, scientists are increasingly in search of clear actionable steps to help promote anti-racism in STEM. This seminar will discuss ten rules that group leaders can take in their labs to move toward immediate achievable anti-racist action.

November 5th from 5-6 pm: Diversity and race in STEM
Dr. Maria Miriti, Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. 

Retention of underrepresented minorities at all educational levels remains low in STEM despite considerable investment in diversity enhancement initiatives.  Many of these initiatives use a “one size fits all” approach to underrepresentation, which overlooks the importance of cultural and social differences between underrepresented minorities and practitioners from the dominant culture.  This is especially true when considering the role of race or racism.  Unfortunately, color-blind examinations mask issues that are unique to people of color in the academy that contribute to low retention at all academic ranks.  In this talk, I will provide examples of racialized conflicts in ecology and evolution that influence faculty and students and offer strategies that acknowledge racial issues and show promise to enhance retention and support greater diversity and inclusion.