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DEI Seminars

The DEI Task Force helped to organize talks aimed at increasing awareness and dialogue centered around DEI in science.

The series kicked off on October 8, 2020 with science journalist and contributor Kendall Power, who highlighted the importance of DEI and accessibility in strengthening STEM communities. On October 16, 2020, IGB co-sponsored a panel featuring Political Science graduate student Ilima Long (University of Hawai'i at Manoa), Professor of Anthropology Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar (University of Texas at Austin), Astronomy graduate student Christina Manzano-King (University of California, Riverside) and Professor of History Kim Compoc (University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu) discussed the fight to protect the Hawaiian Mauna Kea mountain from desecration and the importance of preserving Hawai’i’s sacred site. Most recently, with the College of Medicine on February 18, 2021, Associate Professor of Medicine Darrell M. Gray (Ohio State University College of Medicine) discussed strategies for advancing health equity through community engagement and anti-racism.

On April 13, 2021, Illinois Professor of Anthropology and American Indian studies Jenny L. Davis highlighted the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and collaborative partnerships with native nations, concluding the series for the Spring semester. The first DEI seminar in the Fall was scheduled for August 24, 2021 where Joey Ramp, CEO of Empower Ability Consulting, discussed service dog handlers in science laboratories and ways in which science institutions can increase accessibility for the disabled.