There are a number of LGBTQ+ & Allies events happening at this year’s Virtual 2020 AIChE Annual Meeting and Annual Student Conference. Each event will allow LGBTQ+ chemical engineers and their allies to network, socialize, and have discussions about meaningful topics and important issues with other members of the community. Topics will include LGBTQ+ inclusion, how to navigate entering the workforce as a young LGBTQ+ engineer, and how to become a better ally.
LGBTQ+ & Allies Event Schedule
LGBTQ+ & Allies Engineering for Inclusion: Young Professionals Panel at ASC
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2pm–3pm PT
This Annual Student Conference panel will address the concerns of undergraduate LGBTQ+ chemical engineering students and help them navigate and plan out their futures as engineers, as they prepare to enter the workforce or graduate school.
LGBTQ+ & Allies Virtual Ice Cream Social at ASC
Sunday, Nov. 15, 3pm–4pm PT
Please join us on Sunday for the LGBTQ+ & Allies ice cream social at this year’s Annual Student Conference. If you’re attending this event, have some ice cream at the ready. We encourage you to use your imagination to create your version of LGBTQ+ & Allies ice cream, AIChE-style. Attendees will have a chance to share their concoctions in breakout rooms. It’s a chance to mingle and network with friends and colleagues while enjoying a delicious cold treat.
LGBTQ+ & Allies Engineering for Inclusion: Young Professionals Panel at Annual Meeting
Monday, Nov. 16, 10:30am–11:30am PT
This panel will give established chemical engineering professionals insights into the issues faced by their new LGBTQ+ hires in their industries and help them better understand what they can do to make their workplace climates more inclusive.
LGBTQ+ & Allies Safe Zone Workshop
Monday, Nov. 16, 2pm–3pm PT
This workshop is an opportunity for allies and LGBTQ+ to learn more about the current engineering culture, terminology, microaggressions, and unconscious bias. Strategies will be shared and discussed on creating a more inclusive classroom and workplace. The workshop will be led by Stephanie Farrell, Experiential Engineering Education, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, and Anthony Edward Butterfield, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah.
LGBTQ+ & Allies Networking Event at Annual Meeting
Monday, Nov. 16, 3pm–4pm PT
Please join us for our virtual LGBTQ+ & Allies networking event at Annual. It’s a chance for young professionals to meet and hear from more experienced professionals while enjoying a cocktail (or mocktail). Hear from industry and academic leaders about their support for the initiative and network in breakout rooms to meet new contacts who are LGBTQ+ or supporting allies.
Get prepared for attending the meeting by downloading our attendee guide: aiche.org/annual/attendee-guide
Join AIChE's LGBTQ+ & Allies Online Community
This community is open to professional AIChE members who are LGBTQ+ and allies. Topics of discussion will include the ongoing development of LGBTQ+ initiatives at AIChE, plus issues concerning, and opportunities for, LGBTQ+ chemical engineering professionals.
Learn more about AIChE's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.
Interested in helping?
Are you an LGBTQ+ chemical engineer and AIChE member interested in sharing your story to help create awareness around diversity and inclusion? Are you an LGBTQ+ ally interested in helping with diversity and inclusion efforts? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Diversity and Inclusion."