Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Dear Chemical Engineering students, postdocs, and staff,
Like so many, we have been outraged by recent events that reflect terrible injustice, structural racism, and entrenched biases in our country. We stand in solidarity with our Black and other friends and colleagues of color, recognizing ongoing discrimination and marginalization that demand urgent change. At the same time, the Chemical Engineering Department affirms its deep commitment to maintaining an inclusive environment free from discrimination and racism, and that values individual differences and backgrounds as essential to the fabric of our community of scholars. We know this can be a difficult and troubling time, compounded by the pandemic, and we are here to help if you have concerns.
The Chemical Engineering Department
A nation-wide academic shutdown (#ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia, #Strike4BlackLives) on June 10th seeks to highlight and combat these issues. We hope to see our Department use this moment as an opportunity to reflect, to delve deeper into how we can increase our diversity on every level, and to build and strengthen our community.
Information can be found below:
To get a conversation started, the UCSB Graduate Students for Diversity in Science (https://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/education/gsds) is hosting a Zoom meeting at 11am next Wednesday, June 17 to discuss several topics that are central to the Black Lives Matter movement. To facilitate discussions, there will be several breakout rooms, and GSDS is asking that participants choose one of three topics and read the corresponding suggested readings. The Google form to RSVP and select a topic, as well as the corresponding readings, are linked below: