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Expanding Potential Workshop to increase inclusivity in STEM

By Shaila Kotadia and Kevin Costa | Underrepresented groups experience challenges and biases as they progress in their STEM careers. To help identify and address these issues, Synberc is hosting its second annual Expanding Potential Workshop to increase inclusivity in STEM. While the first Expanding Potential workshop focused on the challenges women face in STEM, the 2016 workshop has broadened its scope to include all underrepresented groups.

The workshop will take place on January 30th and 31st, 2016 in Stanley Hall at UC Berkeley. The first day of the workshop will focus on “Recognizing the Issues”, or helping students and professionals identify and understand the challenges and unconscious biases underrepresented groups face. The second day will focus on “Developing the Solutions”, or building and highlighting programs that effectively foster inclusive STEM workplaces.

The event is geared towards undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and industry professionals. All researchers and institutions from all areas of STEM and from all backgrounds that would benefit from the sessions are welcome and encouraged to participate. We also invite participants to submit abstracts on diversity-related projects to be selected for a lightning talk and/or poster presentation. The event is $20 per day, or $30 for both days. Please see attached flyer for more information. Registration is capped at 250, so be sure to reserve your space early!

— Written by Shaila Kotadia and Kevin Costa, Expanding Potential Organizers 

About Synberc

The Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc) is an NSF-funded multi-institutional research center headquartered at UC Berkeley. Synberc aspires to increase diversity and promote an inclusive and more equitable work environment for all underrepresented groups and genders in STEM.

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