SCI-STEM Symposium 2018

Update 2018-07-26: The 2018 SCI-STEM Symposium was recently featured in an eLife article.


The Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington held its first ever symposium aimed at providing strategies to address diversity challenges in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Strategies for Cultivating Inclusion in STEM (SCI-STEM) symposium featured leading keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive breakout sessions. Members of the STEM community at all levels, from undergraduates through senior scientists, deans and heads of departments at the university attended.

As a technical institute dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and discovery, we know first-hand that innovation in STEM requires bringing in new perspectives to difficult problems. Research groups that create and successfully maintain workplaces where all voices are heard will continue to outperform those that don’t. This website showcases some of the conversations and lectures held at this inaugural SCI-STEM and we hope the extended community at UW and beyond can benefit from the practical tools, data driven ideas and methods proposed towards cultivating a more inclusive workplace. We invite you to keep the conversation going on social media using the hashtags #diversifySTEM .

Dr Hannah Valantine – NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Focusing on Institutional Change

Download Slides: NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Focusing on Institutional Change and NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit.

Prof. Anthony Greenwald – UW – How to remedy unintended bias:  “Stop it!” vs. “Document it”

Dr Ben Wiggins & Dr Elaine Klein – UW – Higher-education STEM instructors can design and practice for equitable student training

Download Slides: Higher education STEM instructors can design and practice for more equitable student training.

Prof. Michael Summers  – UMD The Meyerhoff Scholars Program:  A successful model for developing a more inclusive STEM PhD workforce