Presenters are graduate students Moises Romero (Yu/Andricioaei Groups), Ali Younis (Borovik Group), and Heriberto Flores Zuleta (Penner Group).
Given the current social climate and increased vigor in movements to end injustices in our country, we believe that this is a crucial moment for us in the Chemistry Department to commit to solving these issues within our own institution, field, and academia overall. The best way to begin the long and challenging journey to change and equity is to have a conversation about the issues we face.
The following presentation, ‘Becoming anti-Racist in The Physical Sciences’, will provide a discussion to help non-Black PIs, postdocs, and graduate students effectively support Black colleagues in the wake of persistent police brutality and anti-Black racism. This conversation will give members of the department (and all who attend) a moment to listen and reflect on how we can become champions of social justice at home, in the lab, and in greater society.
The presentation will represent the beginning of a solution and is not the end-all be-all event to end social injustice. It is not a place for hatred, bigotry, or racism to be defended or excused. With that being said, we would like to encourage all faculty and students to attend the presentation and be part of a huge first step towards growth and change!