LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Engineering [Workshop & Panel] | AIChE

This session will include a presentation and a panel on how to best attract, engage and include LGBTQ+ engineers into your workplace, department or classroom. Strategies will be given for allies of the LGBTQ+ community to better support their colleagues and influence the overall climate. Topics include basic LGBTQ+ terminology, managing bias and microaggressions, introduction of intersectionality and more. The panel features perspectives and experiences from leaders in industry and academia.

The workshop and panel will be followed by a special reception for LGBTQ+ members and their allies in the same room.


3:30 - 4:35 - Safe Zone Workshop & Training on Being a Better Ally of LGBTQ+ Engineers 

The workshop is for allies and LGBTQ+ to discuss and engage in learning more about the current engineering culture, including understanding terminology, unconscious bias and microaggressions. Strategies will be shared to create a more inclusive classroom or workplace. It will be run by:

  • Stephanie Farrell, Experiential Engineering Education, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ and
  • Anthony Edward Butterfield, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah.

4:35 - 5:40 - Panel of Leaders Discuss Their Experiences with LGBTQ+ Inclusion

This panel will explore real experiences of LGBTQ+ inclusion in industry and academia over the years. The panel includes:

Moderator: Gayle J. Gibson, Director, Engineering Dupont (Retired)

  • Jay Keasling, professor at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Michigan
  • Roger Whitley, distinguished engineer at Air Products & Chemicals Inc
  • Julia Kornfield, professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

5:40 - 6:00 - Acknowledgement of NOGLSTP

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) was formed with an intention to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through education, advocacy, peer support and professional networking. 

Speaker: Chris Bannochie, NOGLSTP board member; Manager, Procedures and Training at Savannah River National Laboratory

Learn more about AIChE's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

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AIChE® thanks the Founders’ Circle companies and individuals who have contributed for their early leadership and support of programming to foster inclusion in engineering.

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