||Advancing diversity and inclusion within the materials profession is often cited as one of the top priorities for most materials professional societies and organizations, but understanding how best to continually include, promote, respect, and advocate for the thoughts, feelings, and identities of the many diverse and intersectional groups that make up our materials science community is an ongoing challenge in both educational and institutional cultures.
The aim of this symposium will be to shine a light on the intersectionality of the physical and social identities in our materials science community, while simultaneously highlighting the individual, complex experiences and voices within these minority communities. This symposium will serve as a space to foster safe discussions of various identities, including sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and ability, along with those at the intersection of multiple identities, while providing education for allies of these communities to better understand the unique language and terminology that may often them. Special attention will be paid to understanding how compounding, intersectional identities must be acknowledged and carefully considered within out materials science community. Attendees of this symposium will leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of how to serve as an active ally in the field of materials science, within their local communities, and beyond.
Contributed talks are strongly encouraged from all organizing societies and from all educational levels and career lengths.