The world is changing. Yes… the world is always changing (nerd ecological speak), but in 2020 change has represented the paradox of social distancing alongside dismantling systemic and institutional racism around the world. We would like to initiate dialogue exploring how the eSTEM field is reacting? Some resources we’ve been reading, listening, and learning about include movements like #ShutDownSTEM (https://www.shutdownstem.com/) ask researchers in STEM fields to stop what they are doing and come together to eliminate racism in STEM. Here’s a great article from Ars Technica discussing this concept (https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/academics-shutdownstem-wednesday...). Another great piece includes a science communication podcast highlighting the incredible roadblocks experienced by 30 new science heroes and the amazing work they are doing despite challenges in @BlackAFinSTEM (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/blackafinstem). Lastly, Valeria Khudiakova writes about allyship and the “key to unlocking the power of diversity” as being not only the motivation to amplify the voices of people in the minority but also to increase awareness of personal privilege, implicit bias, and the intersectionality between them (https://thevarsity.ca/2020/03/01/how-to-best-be-an-ally-in-stem/).
We are curious to hear from you. What are you reflecting on?
And we have heard it’s important we not exacerbate the situation by asking those underrepresented in STEM fields to relive your experiences, so we want to provide a space for sharing of experiences and share resources where we can listen and learn.