11 May 2011

Coming in June: The Diversity in Science Carnival relaunches for Pride Month

Updated, Friday 13 May: Added a suggested topic and a link to the "recent NAS report."

Diversity in Science CarnivalJune is Pride Month in the U.S., and I'm proud to be joining Alberto Roca of Minority Postdoc to commemorate the month with a blog carnival. On 30 June, Denim and Tweed will host a new entry in the Diversity in Science blog carnival, collecting posts about sexual minorities in the sciences, the science of sexual minorities, and more. For Coming Out Day last October, Steve Silberman and Maggie Koerth-Baker did a fantastic job bringing together the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered scientists and engineers—Alberto and I are hoping to build on and extend that theme.

GLBT folks and allies who work in the sciences or write about science are invited to submit new posts as well as relevant pieces from their archives. We don't have a Blog Carnivals submission page online yet (Alberto is working on reviving the DIS page), but you can send links with background information to me at the Denim and Tweed e-mail account—just put "Pride Month blog carnival" in the subject line. Please submit by Monday, 27 June to give me time to put together the carnival post.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Inspiring personal/career stories of famous scientists/leaders
  • History of the science, scientists, & subpopulation politics (e.g. Pride month primer)
  • Reflections of one's own identity and its impact on one's career/science
  • Relevant subpopulation identity issues in science, medicine , health, etc (e.g. recent NAS report)
  • Career & Professional Resources: websites, articles, books, events, funding, etc
  • Outreach & mentoring activities to give back to the community (e.g. helping vulnerable high school students)
  • Advocacy/leadership stories and opportunities
  • Stories of safe space work environments in academia, industry, government, etc.
  • Being a minority within a minority: LGBT scientists of color
  • Building relations with and educating allies
  • Specific topics unique to the LGBT community including gender identity and expression
  • Coming to terms with being a minority in a majority environment
Again, while we're hoping to prompt new writing on these topics, we're also delighted to have folks contribute previously posted work. Please send links to specific posts, and include any information you think might be helpful for me to introduce your contribution.

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