Diversity in STEM Summit 2020
At Tandon, we believe that academic excellence is inseparable from our commitment to creating a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belongingness. Join us for our 6th annual Diversity in STEM Summit on December 2-3, 2020 where we will explore the theme, “Inclusive Innovation: Impacting the Future of STEM.”
Inclusive innovation in STEM fields improves access and opportunities as well as the commitment to breaking down silos. If the future of work across all industries is truly meant to work for all of the employees, then it must be inclusive to all. The COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement has led to unprecedented innovation at companies, for industry leaders, as well as in STEM education and STEM research.
This year’s Summit will do a deep dive to examine the current status of inclusive innovation in several sectors including what this all means for increasing a diverse future STEM pipeline.
- How are industries moving forward to create a future where we imagine and build technology that mirrors the people and societies for whom they build, both locally and globally?
- How are researchers rethinking traditional approaches in STEM disciplines that foster inclusive innovation by accelerating paths for more women and underrepresented minorities to be at the table, as well as conducting directed research that focuses on disparities in marginalized communities?
- How do we ensure that diverse learners in K-12th grades are encouraged to become interested in STEM? What inclusive approaches can increase access and remove barriers from the STEM pipeline?
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Wednesday, December 2
Inclusion Innovators to Watch: Changing the Mindset
Join us to hear these STEM trailblazers conducting cutting edge COVID-19 research and making significant impacts in the STEM pipeline, as well as a leading biomedical researcher in antimicrobial resistance who will discuss the latest updates in the field.
Our three “lightning talk” presenters include a female solar energy entrepreneur harnessing the power of “community solar” and providing more affordable energy; a sustainability expert on a mission to make NYC more resilient and healthy, tackling climate change, food waste, and the green building landscape; and a female data science researcher leading the way examining whether AI is effective if it isn’t equitable and responsible.
What are the important next steps in diversifying these fields and career paths? Those questions and more will be answered by this exciting lineup of innovators driving change.
Reimagining the Building Industry: Engineers & Architects Motivating Change
This evening panel brings together the intersection of engineering and architecture with key individuals in both fields to answer questions such as: What is driving innovative change in the construction and building industry, and why is a collaborative relationship between engineers and architects so critical? How does diverse thought inspire innovation and strengthen the bottom line? What are examples of how diverse teams of architects and engineers have transformed communities in a way that mirrors them?
Thursday, December 3
Putting Intention into Action: Building a Diverse STEM Pipeline
The final event of our Summit will look to the future of STEM, from K -12 through STEM doctoral programs. How should companies be responsive to supporting the STEM pipeline of women and underrepresented students, and what are the conditions needed that would put ideas into action?
Panelists from U.S. National Laboratories will discuss their mission in strengthening American security by providing expertise and innovative technology solutions for the homeland security community as well as career opportunities. They’ll also discuss how they have prioritized recruiting a diverse workforce, and what inclusive innovation looks like in their labs as they solve some of the largest scientific global challenges.
This event will open with a featured presenter sharing how visionaries have come together in a coalition to fulfill the promise of a true working Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan to create structural changes to achieve parity, particularly in STEM fields.