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Addressing systemic racism in science - A Petri Dish conversation

Join us for a conversation about the history of inequity in STEM and how we might create a more inclusive environment for BIPOC scientists.

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Event Details

  • Wed, March 17, 2021

  • 4 - 5:30 p.m. CT

  • Free, via Zoom

  • Register*

*You will receive the Zoom link to join in a confirmation e-mail and two days before the event.

In this period of focus on systemic racism and reflection on the role it plays in every facet of society, dialogue on equity within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields has rightfully moved to the foreground on campus and beyond. How do we identify and dismantle racism and bias in STEM education and professions? What does research tell us about how persisting societal biases manifest in STEM fields? How can we support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) as students and professionals, and encourage greater participation across scientific disciplines? Join us for a wide-ranging conversation about the history of inequity in STEM and how we might create a more inclusive environment for BIPOC going forward.

Hosted in collaboration with the Bell Museum.

Panelists Include:

Dr. Hillary Barron is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning. Barron integrates culturally responsive and anti-racist science teaching into undergraduate biology classrooms and labs. She works with undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants and faculty to develop innovative strategies in equitable education.

Dr. Angela Google's research focuses on undergraduate students’ perceptions of sense-making tasks in large lecture biology classrooms. Before pursuing her doctorate, she advised undergraduate STEM majors and taught student success courses. The experience inspired her to develop a deeper understanding of how undergraduate students overcome barriers to success in college STEM courses.

Dr. Stefanie Marshall’s research has two general strands: 1) the bureaucracy of science and STEM education by examining the role of school leaders, and 2) key stakeholders within science networks. Dr. Marshall is a former middle and high school teacher and worked in federally mandated programming in the lowest performing schools in Michigan.


Dr. Mohamed Yakub is a science outreach manager at SciLine, a program based at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that helps connect journalists with scientists and scientific information to encourage the production of evidence-based, scientifically accurate news stories.


February, 2021