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Resources

If you've felt left out in your science field – there's a reason for that! Western science is rooted in racism, oppression, and settler colonialism. Below are resources that offer insights into justice, equity, and accessibility as they relate to science fields. It's not an exhaustive list, and please reach out if you have suggestions for additional perspectives that should be added.

Speculative fiction, science function, and storytelling are powerful ways to explore new possibilities and futures. Check out books & articles that explore science through the lens of stories, myths, and fiction. 

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storytelling & speculative fiction

 

Some of my favourite speculative fiction reads:

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2SLGBTQ+ in stem 

In the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the LGBTQ+ community has historically faced unique challenges and barriers. Despite significant progress in recent years, disparities in representation, discrimination, and lack of visibility persist. Here are some resources to help individuals and organizations interested in supporting and promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in STEM:

  • 500 Queer Scientists: a visibility campaign that showcases LGBTQ+ scientists and provides resources for LGBTQ+ individuals pursuing careers in STEM.

  • oSTEM: a society that fosters LGBTQ+ inclusion in STEM fields through professional development, networking opportunities, and community building.

  • Our to Innovate: advocates for LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM by providing resources, support, and networking opportunities.

  • Queers in Science: an online platform that connects LGBTQ+ scientists and provides support, mentorship, and resources for navigating careers in STEM.

  • LGBTQ+ STEM: a global network of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies in STEM fields, offering community support, networking events, and advocacy resources.

  • Pride in STEMoffers educational resources, toolkits, and workshops to promote LGBTQ+ visibility and inclusion in STEM education and research.

  • EngiQueers: Represents over 30 similar member groups at engineering schools across Canada.

Further Reading:

  • Queer in STEM: Workplace Experiences Reported in a National Survey of LGBTQA Individuals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers by Erin A. Cech and Tom J. Waidzunas.

  • Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self in LGBTQ+ STEM edited by Angela P. Harris, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw.

  • Out in Science: Biological and Social Explanations of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity edited by Jacob J. Sauer and Brent D. Beal.

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