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Conversations on Equity and Inclusion in Astrophysics: "Do Black Lives Matter in Science?"

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
12:00 AM
340 West Hall 3:45: Light refreshments in 337

We all learned in December that at least two Supreme Court justices think the answer is no. But where did they get this impression? What has the scientific community done to counter that narrative both before Fisher vs. Texas and since those comments were made? Moreover, what is the scientific community doing to support Black students more broadly on campus? In this discussion, I'd like to explore the role that scientists play in promoting the health and well-being of Black students in their departments and beyond their departments. Taking the Salaita case at the University of Illinois as an example, I will explore the broad implications the choices of scientists have made for the future of universities and Black on Campus.

Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics and the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics. She's a brilliant scientist, the 63rd Black woman in American history with a Physics Ph.D., and an outspoken advocate for addressing racism and structural inequalities in STEM and universities more broadly. Here's one of many profiles on her:     Profile

ASL interpretation will be provided                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     This event is co-sponsored by the:
Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics
and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies

Speaker:
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (MIT)