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JUNE 2019    

Annual LGBT+ Summer Picnic 
Annual LGBT+ Summer Picnic 
 
 

IN THIS ISSUE

            Community Updates
           June is Pride Month 
           Diversity and Climate Action Plan
           Graduate Student Awards
           Faculty Leadership and Management Training
 
            Community News    
                  WCC Bonding with Chemistry
           Time to End the Manel Tradition
           Department Head Attends National Diversity Equity Workshop
 
            Upcoming Events
           Summer Wellness Lecture Series
           Other Events
 
            Resources Corner
                 Embedded Therapist in College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
                 500 Queer Scientists
                 A Guide for LGBT+ Students Navigating Graduate Training
 
 


COMMUNITY Updates

 
 

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH 

June is Pride Month.

And what does this mean? President Obama officially commemorated the month of June as, "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month" in 2009. Pride, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, can mean both "the consciousness of one’s dignity" and "a person or thing that is the object or source of a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction.” The chemistry department does not ask applicants' sexual orientation in our graduate admission or faculty applications. Consequently, we do not know the percentages of LGBT+ members in our community. However, we acknowledge that we have a growing LGBT+ community in the department.

The department is committed in its continued support for our LGBT+ community and will increase awareness of specific challenges faced by the LGBT+ community in the department through education and training opportunities. The department continues to support LGBT+ activities, such as the annual summer picnic (details coming soon!) and the social that occurred on Thursday, April 11.

Here are simple action items department members (faculty, staff, students, and postdocs) can implement today to promote welcoming spaces for our LGBT+ community:

(a) Include your gender pronouns in your email signatures, for example, Martin Gruebele, Ph.D. (he, him, his). To learn more about pronouns, please read more

(b) Attend workshops on how to Become an Ally through the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

(c) Download the 2hr Safe Zone Ally Training if you are unable to attend the in-person Ally Training      

(d) Invite LGBT+ chemists as lecture/seminar speakers. Please find a list of LGBT+ chemists here

(e) Participate in the Annual LGBT+ Summer Picnic 


DIVERSITY AND CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATES

SUMMER WALK AND CHAT

Dr. Lloyd Munjanja invites graduate students and postdocs to join him for a WALK & CHAT every Thursday this summer from 2 - 3 PM starting June 27th. Meet him at 2 PM in front of Noyes Lab (the side that faces Chem Annex). You can chat about any burning issues you have about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department or your research or any other interesting topics you might have. Or, feel free to access his calendar to schedule one-on-one meetings.

TOWN HALL MEETING

Dr. Lloyd Munjanja will be hosting a town hall meeting on July 18, 2019 in Noyes 217 from 12 - 1 PM. All graduate students and postdocs are invited to attend. We will be discussing the state of departmental climate and diversity. Also, we will talk about future initiatives for our community. To catch up on everything that has happened since our last town hall meeting in November 2018, please review past newsletters.


GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS

TEACHING AWARDS

The following students received the Chemistry Teaching Excellence Fellowship (*) or SCS Teaching Award (**): *Lucas Akin, **Laura Daigh, **Reshmi Dani, *Amanda East, *Sohang Kundu, **Clare Leahy, *Daniel Najera, *Alex Schrader, and **Zane Thornburg. Read more

FACULTY TRAINING IN INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT 

On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Morris Mosley, LCSW, gave a lecture on "Establishing Conflict Resolution Protocols" in research labs. Please download the slides from the workshop here.

 
 


COMMUNITY news

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WCC "BONDING WITH CHEMISTRY" DAY CAMP FOR GIRLS

It is almost time for the annual “Bonding with Chemistry” girls day camp, presented by the East Central Illinois American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee. This hands-on camp is designed to get middle school girls interested in chemistry and expose them to a lot of neat science. 

The camp sessions will be held on Saturday, June 29th, and Saturday, July 13th, from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM.

Volunteers are needed throughout each day to help with experiments, guide the girls from station to station, and help with lunch, registration, and drop-off/pick-up. Please see descriptions of each job and register to volunteer here. If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please email Tabitha Miller

 
 

NIH DIRECTOR CALLS FOR THE END OF MANEL TRADITION

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Dr. Francis S. Collins has called for the end of the "manel" tradition. Manel refers to the all-male panels that are prevalent in the STEM culture. Scientists across the spectrum suffer from gender imbalance at many public forums that include high-profile conferences, networking events, etc. 

Manels perpertuate inequities and maintain a status quo that negatively affect the professional advancement of women and other groups underrepresented in science. Dr. Collins says that leaders should take an active role, rather than perform lip service, in combating cultural forces that tolerate gender harassment and limit the advancement of other scientists. One of very own, director of the School of Chemical Sciences, Professor Jonathan Sweedler, commented on this new development in a recent C&EN News article. Read More

 
 

DEPARTMENT HEAD ATTENDS NATIONAL DIVERSITY EQUITY WORKSHOP (NDEW)

The department is continuing its dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In April 2019, the department head, Prof. Martin Gruebele, and the assistant director of graduate diversity and program climate, Dr. Lloyd Munjanja, attended the biennial National Diversity Equity Workshop (NDEW). The NDEW is a two-day event led by Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE). Researchers from the physical sciences, social science, psychology, and management sectors meet to discuss research and efforts towards improving diversity equity within the field of chemistry. The majority of the participants are chairs and chair representatives from research chemistry departments in the country. To review the presentations and lectures from the workshop, please visit http://oxide.jhu.edu/2/NDEW2019/PresentationsTitle.

 
 


UPCOMING Events

 
 

SUMMER WELLNESS LECTURE SERIES

  • PM State of Mind: Tips, Tricks, Gotchas and Hard-learned Lessons from Chemist Turned Project Manager
    Dr. Sam Horvath (former Illinois Chemistry postdoc), Project Manager, Pixo
    Thursday, June 27, 2019, 4:00 PM, 1024 Chemistry Annex

  • Communicating and Implementing Effective Laboratory Wellness Policies
    Dr. Jen Heemstra (PhD, '05, Moore), Associate Professor, Emory University Department of Chemistry

    Thursday, July 25, 2019, 4:00 PM, B102 Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory

OTHER EVENTS

  • DCGSAC Summer Student Seminar Series
    Every other Tuesday (July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13) at 3:30 PM until August 13, 2019
  • DCGSAC Career Symposium
    Friday, June 28th in 1024 Chem Annex

    Are you interested in learning more about how to apply your Ph.D. in the job market? Would you like to know more about fields beyond traditional chemistry and academia? DCGSAC is excited to announce this year's Career Symposium sponsored by DCGSAC, the Department of Chemistry, the CBI Training Program, 3M, and the SCS Career Services. Please see the flyer for the schedule of the day's events and spread the word!
  • WCC Bonding with Chemistry Day Camp for Girls
    Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 13, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
  • 13th Annual Women in Chemistry Retreat 
    Saturday, August 24, 2019, 8:45 AM - 7:00 PM

    The UIUC Chemistry Graduate Diversity and Program Climate Office and the UIUC Women Chemists Committee chapter of ACS are excited to sponsor the 13th Annual Retreat for Women in Chemistry. The event is open to all female graduate students and postdocs in the chemistry department.
 
 


RESOURCES Corner

 
 

EMBEDDED COUNSELOR

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has an embedded counselor available to chemistry graduate students and postdocs, Sharon Benekohal. Please email her at benekohl@illinois.edu to set up appointments.


500 QUEER SCIENTISTS

500 Queer Scientists is a new visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ scientists and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs — a group that collectively represents a powerful force of scientific progress and discovery. Please visit https://www.500queerscientists.com to learn more.


A GUIDE FOR LGBT+ STUDENTS NAVIGATING GRADUATE TRAINING

This guide is brought to you by the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APAGS–CSOGD, formerly the Committee on LGBT Concerns). Their dedication to helping support student members as they pursue graduate studies has been longstanding. Please visit https://www.apa.org/apags/resources/lgbt-guide.pdf to learn more.