Strengthening STEM Through Diversity Event – RSVP

We, in partnership with the Graduate School, are excited to announce a collaborative summit taking place in the Fall titled “Strengthening STEM through Diversity.” The event aims to bring together students, staff, and faculty in STEM-related fields in order to address the needs, challenges, and successes of underrepresented or minoritized members of these fields. The events of the day will include plenary talks, a panel of student leaders in STEM diversity RSOs, and a workshop with the goal of designing an action plan for future support of diversity in STEM.
The purpose of this email is to distribute a pre-registration form. We’d like to get a rough estimate of who might be interested in attending this event. The event will be open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, postdocs, and any member of the UW STEM community. Please feel free and encouraged to share this widely with your professional and social networks, as we’d like to get the word out and make sure this event has broad-reaching impacts.
Here are the specifics of the event:
When: Saturday, October 8th, 2016; 9 AM ~ 5 PM
Where: UW Seattle Campus, Room TBD
What: Networking, community-building, action plan-building
If you are interested in facilitating the events of the day, providing input into the goals (listed at bottom) or future actions, or helping to sponsor the event, please contact the organizers: Nicholas Montoni ( and Sarah Vorpahl (

We’re really looking forward to your participation in this event. Thank you for your time.

Nicholas Montoni and Sarah Vorpahl
Nicholas Montoni is a second year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, president of oSTEM at UW, and secretary of Women in Chemical Sciences.
Sarah Vorpahl is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, co-founder of Women in Chemical Sciences, and a member of the inaugural class of the Husky 100.
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1. To identify the challenges to diversifying STEM and the needs of underrepresented students and determine actionable solutions.
2. To build community for, generate networking opportunities among, and spotlight the value of diverse and underrepresented students in STEM.
3. To determine best practices for the recruitment, mentorship, and graduation of underrepresented students; identify the means to implement them; and identify ways to distribute this information to those for whom it may not be a concern.
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