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Meeting 2019 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Diversity in STEM and Best Practices to Improve it
Sponsorship
Organizer(s) Megan J. Cordill, Erich Schmid Institute
Matthew Korey, Purdue University
Jessica A. Krogstad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Panthea Sepehrband, Santa Clara Univ
Scope Creating and sustaining diverse and inclusive work and higher-education environments continues to be a challenge for institutions around the globe. However, the benefits of a diverse working group are vast, including increased product output, implementation of more efficient solutions, and development of more creative, innovative, and often more profitable ideas. However, in order to create a diverse working environment, diverse employees are needed. One of the major challenges employers have is the recruitment and retention of women and individuals who identify with other non-binary gender identities, people of different racial minorities, LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender)-identified individuals, and individuals with disabilities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Until challenges with recruitment and retention of these populations can be solved, the demand for these populations in industry will not be met and institutions will not be working at their most efficient levels. This full-day symposium will address strategies to improve and – most importantly – to sustain diversity in STEM fields and furthers the conversation that was started at the first installment of this symposium (held at MS&T17), and at TMS summits on Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions. Invited and contributed abstracts will be sought after on topics of interest including, but not limited to:
• What tactics do you currently use or recommend for nurturing your professional network and career advancement?
• Examples of effective mentorship/advocacy that support increased diversity when diversity may be limited.
• What are the most important factors to recruiting AND retaining a diverse workforce?
• How do you advocate for diverse employees in your organization?
• When is the best time to actively address Diversity and Inclusion – Grade school, High School, Undergraduate level, Graduate level?
• How do programs differ worldwide?
• How is recruitment/retention of these populations different? What strategies work for different groups?
Abstracts Due 07/16/2018
Proceedings Plan Planned: Supplemental Proceedings volume
PRESENTATIONS APPROVED FOR THIS SYMPOSIUM INCLUDE

An Approach to Promote Equality and Diversity in a University Materials Department
Best Practices for Promoting Diversity in STEM through Outreach
Coming Out in STEM
Diversity in STEM: Retention, Graduation and Beyond
Half a Century of Diversifying TMS
Navigate an Exciting STEM Career Journey through Diversity
T Time: How to Welcome and Support People of All Genders
The Complexities of Being LGBTQ+ In the Workplace
The Minority Leaders Research Collaboration Program at the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate: Overview, Experiences, and Lessons Learned
TMS Summits on Diversity: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here?


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