TMS Webinars

Pride, Power and Privilege – An Exploration of LGBTQ+ Issues in STEM

Hear from guest speaker, Ben Britton, on creating a space for all to participate equally in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and benefit from answers to audience questions asked during the live event.

The recorded webinar also includes a brief overview of the work being done by the TMS DEI Committee from Chair, Natasha Vermaak and an introduction to the TMS PRIDE Working Group from Chair, Matthew Korey.

This webinar is the first of its kind in an occasional series sponsored by the TMS PRIDE group of the TMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. With this series, we hope to provide space for dialogue around issues regarding intersectionality between the LGTBQ+ and materials science communities.

TMS PRIDE is actively seeking speakers for future installments in this series. If you would like to become involved with the series, TMS PRIDE, or the TMS DEI Committee, please contact TMS Staff.

Live Event: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Abstract: Materials Science and Engineering underpins modern society, and yet as a STEM focused discipline it is clear that not everyone can participate equally. There is significant evidence in the literature (e.g. [1]), and from the lived experience of 2SLGBTQ+ people in STEM that our current “sticking to the science” is failing the scientists, and engineers continue to create solutions that have an inequitable reach across society.

In this talk, Ben Britton will open a conversation about how we can actively create spaces and opportunities for people to participate more equally. The talk will focus on 2SLGBTQ+ issues, but Britton will touch on issues that overlap with issues experienced by people with other protected characteristics/classes and those at the intersection. The talk is well aimed for both 2SLGBTQ+ people and allies.

[1] E.A. Cech and T.J. Waidzunas “Systemic inequalities for LGBTQ professionals in STEM” Science Advances (2021)