Increasing LGBTQ+ Representation in the STEM Community

November 4, 2021
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Hughes Auditorium + Streaming live on Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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The live-stream portion of the program will run from 6 – 7 pm. YouTube Link:

This just in! You will be provided a parking pass if you park in the E Huron St. Parking Garage at Northwestern.

*Lite dinner provided! Join us in person for sandwiches and salad during the pre-program or post-program networking opportunities!*

Science is a human endeavor. As a result, science is not free from bias. This is why it is important to create culturally and socially relevant environments in STEM. To do this, we must design inclusive spaces for learning and professional work. The traditionally straight, white, and masculine narrative of STEM needs to be rewritten! 

We are excited to host Luis Leyva Ph.D. (Mathematics Education, Vanderbilt University) (abstract below). He will share his research on how to better support and affirm Black, Latinx, and Asian queer students as undergraduate STEM majors. We will also moderate a discussion on redefining STEM spaces with Dr. Leyva and STEM professionals Hontas Farmer M.S. (College of Dupage and Elmhurst University), Kristen Witte Ph.D. (Museum of Science and Industry), and Casey Xavier Hall Ph.D. (Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University), as well as answer audience questions. 

Abstract: Research on the unique experiences of queer students of color has been missing in STEM higher education. The first-hand experiences of this student population navigating classrooms and other STEM higher education contexts can inform how to embrace our growing diversity and challenge narrow perceptions of scientific competence. This presentation shares findings from a study focused on undergraduate Black, Latinx, and Asian queer students’ experiences as STEM majors at a large, historically white private research university to understand what can be done to affirm identity and promote a sense of belonging among queer students of color.

Event Details

Thursday, November 4th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST TV YouTube Live and in person at Hughes Auditorium

In-person address:  303 East Superior

This program will be hosted in-person at the Lurie Research Center on Northwestern’s Chicago campus. C2ST will work with our partners to ensure that COVID protocols put in place by the CDC, and the city at large, are followed and well-communicated. COVID protocols, and any other emergent information will be emailed to all registrants the week of the program.

Because this program is in-person, tickets will be limited, so please register early! If you are unable, or decide not to attend, we ask that you let us know so that we can provide the tickets to anyone else who is interested. Thank you for your understanding.




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